Northeast Soccer Falls to Iowa Western

Story by Katie Berger, Northeast Public Relations

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – The Northeast Community College men’s soccer team struggled to move the ball forward in their 4-0 loss to Iowa Western Community College on October 11.

Iowa Western is currently ranked 12th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I poll.

The Reivers scored three of their four goals in the first half.

Chad Miller, Northeast coach, said that while his team often moved too slowly to get a shot off, the defense played a strong game.

“We gave up some long shots on goal that were incredible shots and found their way in, but other than that, our back line and Massimiliano (Simonazzi) played great.”

Northeast had one shot on goal to the Reivers’ ten. Simonazzi tallied six saves for the Hawks.

Despite the loss, Miller saw many positive things in last night’s game.

“One thing we wanted to do better was defending set pieces. We were giving up a goal or two off of set pieces each game, but tonight we didn’t give up any. We also fixed some mistakes in the second half that we made in the first half. Iowa Western is fast, physical and well-coached. They move the ball quickly and attack in numbers. They are a very good team, so I am happy with the small steps we made tonight.”

Northeast (4-10-1) will face #14 Marshalltown Community College in Marshalltown, IA, on Saturday, October 14 . Game time is set for 2 p.m.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Despite a strong defense, the Northeast Community College women’s soccer team gave up a late goal to Iowa Western Community College Wednesday, October 11.

Final score was 1-0.

The Reivers scored their lone goal with 17 minutes left in the game.

“We really struggled on offense tonight,” said Chad Miller, Hawks coach. “Much credit goes to Iowa Western’s defense, but we struggled going forward. We started off the game keeping them on their half of the field, but once they came across, it was extremely tough to go back. Even if we did get the ball on their half of the field, we couldn’t find the space to get a shot off.”

Iowa Western recorded 15 shots on goal to Northeast’s zero. Alexis Wemhoff had 14 saves for the Hawks.

“Alexis had an amazing game in the goal,” Miller said. “The positive we can take away from this match is that our defense is playing better than it has all year. We can build off of that and get back to scoring.”

Northeast (10-5-1) will host Hawkeye Community College on Saturday, October 21, at Veterans Memorial Field in Norfolk. Game time is 1 p.m., with the men’s game to follow at 3 p.m.