OTTUMWA — A good week got a little better for the Indian Hills men’s soccer team last week.
After earning its first win on the field last Monday, a 5-2 victory at Culver-Stockton JV, the Warriors learned its win total would double after the use of ineligible player forced Century College to forfeit an earlier-season win over IHCC.
That was the good part of the week for Doug Siegle’s squad.
Unfortunately for Warrior men, the tougher portion of the week came at the tail end as IHCC returned home for its first match after earning its first win. That momentum failed to carry over as visiting Iowa Central scored the first three goals in a nine-minute span midway through the first half on the way to a 5-0 shutout Saturday at the Indian Hills soccer field.
Once again, for Siegle, the match came down to an inexperienced team allowing one mistake and one goal to snowball into a decisive rally.
“We played better with our intensity, but again a couple silly mistakes allowed a couple of balls to go into the back of the net,” Siegle said. “Once you dig yourself into a big hole like that, it’s impossible to get out of it.
“Three of the four goals we gave up came because of our mistakes. We played better, but the guys have got to know we’re not good enough to make those simple mistakes and compete with the top teams.”
Triton freshman Mitchell Conning provided Iowa Central (8-4, 4-2) with back-to-back goals in a three-minute span after Conor McKenna broke free to break the scoreless tie in the 23rd minute. Conning put his first goal in just six minutes later and added his second goal in the 32nd minute as Iowa Central turned the scoreboard from 0-0 to 3-0 in an instant.