COUNCIL BLUFFS – In a battle for the inside track to the men’s and women’s Iowa Community College Athletic Conference regular-season soccer titles, it was Iowa Western that came out on top of Indian Hills twice.
In a battle of ranked teams, the 11th-ranked ranked Iowa Western women handed No. 15 IHCC its first loss of the 2019 season, winning 3-1 to open the action at Reiver Park. Hours later, the second-ranked Reiver men shut down No. 19 IHCC, allowing just one shot on goal to the Warriors in a 3-0 victory that was delayed by weather in the second half.
Iowa Western scored two first-half goals in the men’s match and got an insurance tally in the final five minutes, handing the Warriors just their second loss of the season and first setback in ICCAC play. IHCC goalkeeper Vinicius Cadengue had two saves.
Moriah Lucas provided the first and third goals for the Reiver women, scoring in the 12th minute and adding a second-half score to complete the scoring. IHCC’s Emily Murphy got the lone goal for her team, her 25th of the season, in the 40th minute with an assist from Madison L. Meyer, briefly cutting the Iowa Western lead to 2-1.
Iowa Western keeper Judit Gonzalez made two saves, half as many as Indian Hills goalkeeper Elani Mears.
The losses in Council Bluffs were the final matches for both IHCC soccer teams away from home in the regular season with three regional doubleheaders and a non-regional men’s match scheduled against Parkland College next Tuesday. Both the Indian Hills women (11-1-1, 3-1-1 ICCAC) and men (9-2-2-, 4-1-1 ICCAC) will begin the week-long homestand with matches on Saturday against Iowa Central, beginning with the women’s match at 1 p.m.