By SCOTT JACKSON
Courier sports writer
---- — 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.
“It’s mental toughness for us. We’re doing well and we’re playing right with (Iowa Central), then all of a sudden we let down after we let one goal slip by and suddenly we’ve allowed one goal to turn into three,” Siegle said. “We can’t afford to not be tougher. We have to know that it’s a long game. It’s 90 minutes and no one mistake or one goal is going to cost us the match, but if we let it carry over into two or three goals, that’s what will cost us in the end.”
Conning had four of Iowa Central’s 20 shots in the match, 15 of which were hauled in by IHCC goalie Colton Mihalovich. Had the Warriors kept it closer, it would have led to plenty of tension late as IHCC made several runs at challenging Triton goalie Fernando Cortes, who had to come up with several of his seven saves in the second half.
“We’re seeing some things. In the first half, I think the guys were panicking and the guys weren’t looking to pass the ball to the open man. They just kicked it out of bounds,” Siegle said. “In the second half, I think the guys settled down a little bit and tried to move the ball around to do the kind of things that have been successful for us. We just can’t do that for half of the game, we have to do things that will help us win for the entire game.”
The women’s match was an even tougher sight for Warrior fans as IHCC was victimized early and often by freshman winger Geovana Dos Santos. Scoring just two minutes into the match, Dos Santos set the tone for herself and her team as the 14th-ranked Triton women (9-1-1, 3-1-1) won easily 13-0 with Dos Santos scoring five goals in the match.
For Siegle, the women’s match was a story of a very frustrating day for his team, one that some member of the team didn’t even bother to be a part of.
“We had players that didn’t show up, didn’t tell us they weren’t coming and they let the entire team down because of that,” Siegle said. “It’s the same problem we’ve had all year. It’s a lack of commitment with people not showing up on time for practice ready to go. I don’t see that fixing itself until we get better players in here that are committed to the team and committed to us getting better.”
Both the IHCC men (2-10, 0-6) and women (1-8, 0-5) face the best team in Region XI with battles against nationally-ranked Iowa Western squads in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. The Warriors then return home for regional doubleheader against Scott, the most winnable game for both IHCC teams.
“We’ve got some immaturity as a team and it drives me crazy. I want kids in this program that wants to be as committed as I am as their coach,” Siegle said.
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MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Iowa Central 5, Indian Hills 0
Iowa Central 4 1 — 5
Indian Hills 0 0 — 0
IC — Conor McKenna goal (Luis Felipe assist), 23:00.
IC — Mitchell Conning goal (Juan Espinol assist), 29:00.
IC — Conning goal (Andres Parada assist), 32:00.
IC — Miguel Carrillo goal (Abelson Estimable assist), 45:00.
IC — Estimable goal, 56:00.
Iowa Central: Total Shots — 20 (Mitchell Conning 4). Total Saves — 7 (Fernando Cortes 7). Total Fouls — 9 (Yellow Cards – Micheal Mayberry and Jesus Castellea).
Indian Hills: Total Shots — 7 (Sam Puchella 2, Richard Rugabisba 2). Total Saves — 15 (Colton Mihalovich 15). Total Fouls — 2.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
No. 14 Iowa Central 13, Indian Hills 0
Iowa Central 7 6 — 13
Indian Hills 0 0 — 0
IC — Geovana Dos Santos goal, 2:00.
IC — Dos Santos, 5:00.
IC — Dos Santos, 8:00.
IC — Ebony Campbell goal (Rachel Avant assist), 13:00.
IC — Dos Santos, 14:00.
IC — Avant goal (Dos Santos assist), 15:00.
IC — Dos Santos goal (Catima Herrera assist), 23:00.
IC — Karolinna Garcia goal, 51:00.
IC — Michelle Landeiro goal (Jessica Ortiz assist), 52:00.
IC — Herrera goal, 64:00.
IC — Avant goal (Melanie Acevado assist), 73:00.
IC — Julia Da Silva goal, 85:00.
IC — Dos Santos goal (Mary Richards assist), 89:00.
Iowa Central: Total Shots — 49 (Dos Santos 6). Total Saves — 0. Total Fouls — 2.
Indian Hills: Total Shots — 0. Total Saves — 38 (Ashley Hartnedy 38). Total Fouls — 4.