OTTUMWA — It is tough trying to build a winning tradition with one of the youngest program’s in the country.
It’s even harder when, season after season, national tournament contenders are lying in wait within the regional portion of the schedule.
But Indian Hills head soccer coach Doug Seigle doesn’t believe in using that as an excuse, or at least it isn’t keeping him from having the same fire and desire the win each match with those top national programs. No matter how great the talent gap might be, Seigle still wants to see his Warrior teams put more goals on the board than the other guys.
“As a former professional and college player, you have to find that way to motivate yourself,” Seigle said. “I want to win each time out and I’m not sure that, for some of these kids, they’re not used to bringing that kind of intensity with them onto the soccer field. They’re not used to raising the level of play up without someone laying into them each time out.”
IHCC didn’t put any goals up on Saturday afternoon against not just the best women and men soccer teams in Region XI, but two of the best teams in all of NJCAA. The gap between Iowa Western, ranked third in both national polls, and Indian Hills, winless overall in 2013, was evident right from the opening minutes of the women’s opener.
Thias Souza’s goal in the third minute was just the start of what would be 26 unanswered goals by the two Reiver soccer teams against the Warrior squads. The Iowa Western women did most of that damage, winning 19-0 in the opener of the regional doubleheader, while the IHCC men continued to search for the first goal of the season as the Reiver men won 7-0 to polish off what will unquestionably be the toughest day of Region XI soccer Indian Hills will have to endure this year.
“These are two of the best teams we’ll see all year long. Maybe two of the best in the country where here on the field against us this weekend,” Seigle said.
There was, unquestionably, a whole lot of talent on display for the Reivers on the IHCC pitch Saturday. A grand total of 17 different players put a ball in the back of the net between the two games for the two Iowa Western teams, including a dozen players either scoring or assisting on goals in the women’s match highlighted by four goals on seven shots by midfielder Kasandra Anderson and a hat trick in just over three minutes from Kristine Reynolds.
It wasn’t the number of goals, necessarily, that bothered Siegle about the women’s match. The loss dropped IHCC to 0-4 on the season with the Warrior women having given up seven or more goals in all four matches so far. What bothered Siegle was Indian Hills showing a lack of competitiveness right from the opening moments of the match.
“We played on Wednesday at (No. 19) Iowa Central, who I think is every bit as good as Iowa Western, and we fought hard,” Siegle said. “We lost 8-2, but that was a solid effort. We made that team work hard. We made the other team work hard. We made them keep their starters in.”
“We came out flat in this match. We’re dealing with injuries and depth problems, but it just didn’t seem like we came out with the same heart and desire that we came out with on earlier in the week. That’s what frustrates me.”
While the Indian Hills women have struggled so far to keep from allowing goals to be scored early in the season, the Indian Hills men’s soccer team has struggled creating scoring chances. Once again on Saturday, IHCC gave starting goalie Colton Mihalovich very little room for error getting just four shots on Reiver goal Will Lukoski – only one of which was a true challenge to stop.
Meanwhile, several of Mihalovich’s 11 saves were spectacular. The freshman net minder made a spectacular kick save early in the second half, slapped a sure goal out into a hard ricochet off the crossbar to prevent a goal and had other diving stops that kept the Reivers scoreless for long periods of time.
But Mihalovich could only stand up to the consistent pressure so long. Andrew Irvin snapped a 24-minute scoreless streak with the first of three goals in a nine-minute span in the 31st minute that put Iowa Western up 4-0. Elias Hatungimana popped in two goals in the second half as a pair of late scores allowed the Reivers to open up the lead in the end.
“Both Colton and (women’s goalie) Ashley (Hartnedy) made some huge saves for us to keep the scores where they were,” Siegle said. “Both probably made one or two mistakes, but they also made one or two plays that were completely unexpected. They were definitely the all-stars of the games because they had to be.”
It was definitely the toughest week IHCC faces in regional play, taking on Iowa Western and Iowa Central who are considered the two top programs in the state both in men’s and women’s soccer. Siegle is hopeful that facing that level of competition will help Indian Hills raise its level of play up moving forward with still plenty of season to go, including another regional doubleheader for the Warrior women (0-4, 0-2) and men (0-5, 0-3) against Scott in Davenport today starting at 3 p.m.
“The good news for us is we still have a long ways to go to reach our potential,” Siegle said. “I’m looking forward to the improvements we can make. We know now the gap we have to make up with the best teams in the country. It’ll be exciting to see how much of that gap we can make up as the season continues along.”
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WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
No. 3 (DI) Iowa Western 19, Indian Hills 0
IWCC 11 8 — 19
IHCC 0 0 — 0
IW — Thais Souza goal, 2:40
IW — Brandi Johnson goal (Celia Jimenez and Thais Souza assists), 13:20
IW — Kasandra Anderson goal (Melanie Ririe assist), 14:00
IW — Kristine Reynolds goal, 16:00
IW — Reynolds goal, 17:50
IW — Reynolds goal, 19:25
IW — Lady Tiriat goal, 21:00
IW — Anderson goal (Audrey Palmer and Ririe assists), 35:30
IW — Palmer goal (Paige Flores assist), 39:00
IW — Anderson goal (Johnson assist), 42:30
IW — Brianne Richards goal, 45:00
IW — Jennifer Zick goal, 51:00
IW — Anderson goal (Brooke Jensen assist), 64:00
IW — Jensen goal (Anderson assist), 65:00
IW — Nicole Gowans goal, 71:00
IW — Jessica Prososki goal (Connor Wittstruck assist), 72:40
IW —Flores goal, 73:25
IW —Prososki goal (Thais Souza assist), 76:50
IW —Souza goal, 87:45
Iowa Western: Total Shots — 37 (Kasandra Anderson 7). Total Saves — 0 (none). Total Fouls — 10.
Indian Hills: Total Shots — 0 (none). Total Saves — 18 (Ashley Hartnedy 18). Total Fouls — 5.
No. 3 (DI) Iowa Western 7, Indian Hills 0
IWCC 4 3 — 7
IHCC 0 0 — 0
IW — Dayvin Palmer goal, 6:00.
IW — Andres Irvin (Rafael Ferreira assist), 30:00.
IW — Kaique Fernandes goal (Ferreira and Elias Hatungimana assist), 32:00.
IW — Palmer goal (Irvin assist) 37:00.
IW — Hatungimana goal (Osman Elis assist), 63:00.
IW — Hatungimana goal (Fernandes assist), 85:00.
IW — Elis goal (Palmer assist), 89:00.
Iowa Western: Total Shots — 34 (Elias Hatungimana 8). Total Saves — 4 (Will Lukowski 4). Total Fouls — 14.
Indian Hills: Total Shots — 7 (Sebastion Carrion 2, Sam Pucella 2, Jesse Stufflebeem 2). Total Saves — 11 (Colton Mihalovich 11). Total Fouls — 11.