NORFOLK – The Northeast Community College men’s soccer team played a hard fought match against Hawkeye Community College here Wednesday that needed overtime to determine the winner. Northeast ultimately lost the match, losing to Hawkeye 2-1.
“I am happy with the way that we played tonight,” said Northeast Coach Doug Seigle. “We played with heart today and were one bounce of the ball away from winning the game.”
Hawkeye led at halftime, 1-0. In the 75th minute, Northeast struck back when Daniel Isaza, with an assist from Juan Franco Lopez, netted a goal to bring the game to a tie.
“Although we lost the game, I am proud of how we have grown as a team and the passion we played with against Hawkeye,” said Seigle. “If we can continue to play with the same passion we did today, we will find success this season.”
Northeast outshot Hawkeye 14 to 12, and the teams were tied for shots on goal with seven each. Troy Elliott recorded five saves for Northeast.
Northeast (1-6) travels to Ottumwa, IA, on Saturday to challenge Indian Hills Community College at 4 p.m.
NORFOLK – The Northeast Community College women’s soccer team earned their second win of the season here Wednesday in their 1-0 defeat of Hawkeye Community College.
Coach Chad Miller saw the game as a tale of two halves. “In the first half, I felt we controlled the game. It was our pace, our possession and our opportunities. The girls have really been working hard these past few days, and it showed in that first half. I was feeling very confident.”
Madison Wendland scored the game’s lone goal in the first half, with an assist by Kaylee Chapman.
Miller said he was puzzled by his team’s performance in the second half. “I am going to give Hawkeye the credit for turning it up a notch and taking us out of our game. We struggled to complete passes and we played a little more ‘out of control’ than the first half.”
Hawks goalie Kaitlyn Van Surksum recorded two saves in the game.
“In the end, we came out with a victory and that is really the bottom line,” said Miller. “We have two days to get ready for Indian Hills on Saturday. That will be a tough game. If we play our game, I think we will be right there in it.”
Northeast, now 2-4-1, faces Indian Hills Community College on Saturday in Ottumwa, IA. Game time is 2 p.m.