OTTUMWA – Winning a third consecutive Wells Fargo Cup is one thing.
Winning at home, regardless of the setting, is something the Indian Hills women’s soccer team takes pride in. The Warriors extended its winning streak at home to 14 straight matches, a record that has nearly encompassed two full years, with a 2-0 win on Sunday over Otero Junior College in the championship match of the 2019 Wells Fargo Cup.
“We definitely want teams to be afraid of us when they come here. We want teams to kind of dread coming to Ottumwa,” Indian Hills head women’s soccer coach Anthony Longo said. “What held us back last year was not having a very good record on the road. This year, we started out on the road and got two wins before coming back home, so we’re excited with where we’re at early in the season.”
Emily Murphy and Miranda Kurtt scored IHCC’s two first-half goals against the Rattlers. After giving up the first shot of the match, the Warriors dominated play throughout the remainder of the first half outshooting Otero 10-1 by halftime before holding off late threats by the visitors from Colorado to get back in the match.
“For us, it starts off being unbeaten at home,” Kurtt said. “If we can be undefeated at home, we can be undefeated on the other team’s field. That’s how we build up going to nationals.”
“We want to establish what kind of team we are, especially at home. We’re a team that needs to be taken seriously,” Murphy added.
Murphy will take a team-leading six goals this season and 43 overall goals in her IHCC career back home to Burlington when the Warrior women take the field at the Rec Plex against Southeastern on Wednesday. Both the Indian Hills women and men will take on the Blackhawks in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.
“Every team I play, I don’t think about any differently,” Murphy said. “It will be nice to play at home, but I won’t feel any differently out there.
“It’s always nice to feel the support of our family and friends. We’ll definitely feel that on Wednesday,” Kurtt added. “We want to play just as hard for them.”