Hawks women's soccer ends season to Iowa Western

by amandab  11/2/2017 9:12:54 AM --  COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - The season came to an end for the Northeast Community College women’s soccer team here yesterday when the Hawks fell to Iowa Western Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XI semifinal game. Final score was 2-0.

The Hawks gave up an early goal seven minutes into the first half when Iowa Western got behind Northeast’s defense and had a clear look at the goal.

Coach Chad Miller said his team struggled going forward in the first half.

“We weren’t playing with a lot of aggression and were missing a lot of short passes that we normally make. A lot of credit goes to Iowa Western because they were playing a fast attacking game, which caused us to struggle with some simple things we do really well.”

The first half ended 1-0.

“In the second half, we came out with a lot more purpose and did much better building up an attack,” Miller said. “Our defense was playing very well, as was theirs.”

Neither team had a shot on goal for nearly 20 minutes into the second half.

“We struggled to get a shot off,” Miller said. “We would get on our offensive third, but their defense would close in quickly, and we would miss the opportunity for a shot.”

With four minutes left in the game, Miller said he made a “coach’s decision” to rotate the Hawks’ formation to try to gain pressure up top. But Iowa Western was able to counter and find a gap in the Hawks’ defense to score their second goal of the game.

“That was kind of the back breaker. Alexis (Wemhoff) made some great saves, our defense did a fantastic job keeping Iowa Western’s aggressive attack away from the goal, and our mids and forwards put together a great second half controlling the ball better and building an attack.”

Northeast had one shot on goal to the Reivers’ nine. Wemhoff tallied seven saves.

“I commend the girls for such a great season and getting this far into the playoffs,” Miller said. “No one likes to end the season with a loss, but only one team gets to end it with a win. Some day that will be us. The girls did an amazing job and deserve all the credit for what they accomplished.”

Northeast ends the season 12-6-1.

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