“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.