Article by Jeremy Nelson
Photos by Emily McGarity
The CCC women's soccer team hosted MCAC powerhouse Bellevue University on Saturday, and Bellevue defeated the Tigers 5-1. However, the score really isn't indicative of the way the Tigers played the Bruins. The First 45 minutes of the game was dead even. The Tigers played outstanding soccer keeping the Bruin attackers at bay. The Tiger defense cracked in the 48th minute giving up a goal to the Bruins leading scorer forward Betsy Fischenich. Two minutes later the Tigers got the equalizer when CCC leading scorer Krystina Powell received a pass from Haley McMath and then found the back of the net.
For the next 20 minutes the teams played even soccer again. In the 72nd minute, the Bruins hit the game winner, a second goal by Fischenich. The Bruins' second goal broke the back of the Tigers and opened the flood gates. The Bruins scored 3 more goals, including an unfortunate own goal by the Tiger defense, in the span of 15 minutes to seal the win 5-1. Tiger goal keeper Amanda Curtis faced 10 shots on goal from the Bruin offense and turned away 6 of them. The Bruins outshot the Tigers 23 to 1, the lone Tiger shot was the goal by Powell.
Coach Reimer was extremely proud of the way his ladies played saying, "We played so well for 70-80 minutes. The first 70 minutes may have been the best we have played against Bellevue ever. I think we were tired when we let 3 goals in during the last 10 minutes. We are getting better."
The Tigers drop to 1-10 on the season and 0-2 in the MCAC. They have two tough road games coming up this week. They travel to Oklahoma Wesleyan on Wednesday and then Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday for a match with College of St. Mary. Both games are slated to begin at 2:00 pm.