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Lakers sweep weekend foes

September 3, 2012
Estherville Daily News

The Iowa Lakes Community College women soccer team defeated MCC Blue River, 2-0, despite 25 mile-per-hour winds and monsoon-like rain on Friday.

"It was some of the worst playing conditions imaginable for a soccer game but in the end you have to learn to play in this kind of weather," said Laker coach Ammon Bennett. "The game wasn't pretty and both teams struggled to control the ball."

Cortnee Sanchez made it 1-0 and MCC added a goal before half to make it 1-1. MCC had the wind advantage in the first half. In the second half it was all Lakers as the big wind allowed them to keep the ball in deep.

Lizzy Rasmussen scored directly off a corner kick as the wind bent the ball right back into the goal and Makayla Morris added an insurance goal.

"We played hard under very difficult conditions, that's about all you can expect," said Bennett

Lakers shut out No. 19 JCCC

The biggest win in Iowa Lakes Community College women's soccer history took place Saturday as the Lakers battled the 19th-ranked Johnson County Community College team and came away with a 3-0 win.

"We are very proud of the effort that we put out today against one of the better teams in the country and quite honestly in the first half we were badly out played," said Bennett. " Johnson County had the wind advantage (20-25) and put constant pressure on us and quite simply they missed on some golden opportunities but they just couldn't put one in.

"They really were able to send a lot of numbers up in the attack and we knew we would have to sit back and just play a lot of defense in the first half and hope that we could get out of the half tied or down by no more the then one goal," the coach continued. "We lucked out and with the wind at our backs in the second half were able to get numbers in on the attack and put two balls in."

Dania Rodriquez started the scoring with a low driven ball just outside the 18 yard line. Johnson County would come back and score off a misplayed ball inside the six followed by Brittney Hanson's header a few minutes later. The Lakers were able to hang onto the win for the final 15 minutes with each team missing on opportunities.

"We looked tired from the day before and at times didn't connect real well," said Bennett. "We still have a long way to go and have a lot of areas to improve on but the good news is, is that we can and this makes the coaches excited. "

The Lakers are off until today when they play Waldorf College at 6 p.m. at the Spencer Soccer Complex.



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