(File photo by Zach Jevne)
This was the first trip to the Region XI title game in school history. Other notable achievements this year for the women's team was a national ranking, defeating a top-20 school (Johnson County) and a top-10 school in Iowa Central.
In the win over Iowa Central, the Laker women battled back from down 2-0 to tie the game and force overtime. After two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods, Iowa Lakes would claim the victory and advance to the championship game by winning the shoot-out, 4-2.
Iowa Lakes started its comeback when Brooke Saxton scored her team-leading 17th goal off a corner kick. To earn the tie with five minutes remaining, the Lakers' Lizzy Rasmussen punched home a rebound off the goaltender. It was Rasmussen's 16th goal of the year.
"The goal was one of the more dramatic ones I've experienced as a head coach," Ammon Bennett said.
In the final the next day against Iowa Central, the Lakers played a solid game but couldn't come out on top.
"We really played good and had some good chances to score but it just wasn't meant to be," Bennett said. "The Reivers are a great team and I think can win it all and we played them as hard as anyone has."
The women finished the season 15-6, which is a four-game improvement on last year's record (11-7-2) and a far cry from the inaugural season in 2010 (1-15).
Six women and four men from the Laker soccer programs have been named to All-Region Teams for the 2012 soccer season.
Earning First Team All-Region for the women were Lizzy Rasmussen of Farmington, Utah, and Brooke Saxton of North Ogden, Utah. Second Team All-Region honors went to Joy Westwood of Bluffdale, Utah, and Jill Brockbank of West Jordan, Utah. Cortnee Sanchez of Brigham City, Utah, and Makayla Morris of Layton, Utah, were selected for Honorable Mention All-Region.
Eric Browne of Dublin, Ireland, was named to the First Team All-Region for the men. Milo Bruce-Burgess of Brockenhurst, England, earned Second Team All-Region honors. Receiving Honorable Mention were Peter Funaro of Sandy, Utah, and Tanner Collins of Hyrum, Utah.