It was a tough weekend for the Tiger men's and women's soccer programs. The Tigers made the 10 hour bus trip to Forest City, Iowa to play Waldorf College, the newest addition to the MCAC conference.
The Tiger women, who knew their season would be over after Saturday's game were playing to try and get their first conference win of the season and end the year on a positive note. Waldorf got on the board first in the 36th minute of the first half. The Vikings found the back of the net off of a corner kick that the Tigers were unable to clear. The Tigers got the equalizer 4 minutes later when Krystina Powell stole a pass and dribbled past the keeper. The Vikings scored what would turn out to be the game winner with just 36 seconds left to play in the opening half, again off of a corner kick.
In the second half, both teams had several chances, but the score remained at 1-2 in favor of the Vikings. The Vikings outshot the Tigers 51-3. Twila Smedley was in goal again for the Tigers. She faced 31 shots on goal and came away with 29 saves.
Though disappointed with the outcome, head coach Mike Reimer remained positive about his team's performance and the season as a whole. "We played really tough tonight. I was proud of the way this team played this last game. We are looking forward to the off season, to get better for next year."
The lady Tigers finished the season at 2-15 overall and 0-6 in the MCAC.
The Tiger men had a lot on the line going into Saturday's game in Iowa. The Tigers had already secured a spot in the NCCAA Central Region Tournament in mid-November, but with a win over Waldorf, the Tigers would secure a spot in the MCAC Tournament.
The Tigers and the Vikings played the first 45 minutes to a stalemate. Neither team was able to crack the other team's defense and so went into the intermission tied 0-0.
In the second half things remained 0-0 until the 53rd minute of the game, the 8th minute of the second frame. A miscommunication in the Tiger defense resulted in a goal by the Vikings. In the remaining 37 minutes of the game, the Tigers had several more chances to tie things up and take the lead, but were unable to find the back of the net. The game ended 1-0 in favor of the Vikings leaving the Tigers a very disappointing 10 hour bus ride home.
Coach Hoxie commented on the loss saying, "The table was set for us to move through to the next round but we were unable to capitalize on our chances. We created four or five "sitters" but found the woodwork, forced the keeper into saves, or blazed them hopelessly high and wide. Ultimately, we were left to rue our missed opportunities as a defensive error in communication by two all-conference players gifted them a goal."
Waldorf held a slim 25-22 shot advantage in the contest, though in the category of shots on goal, the Tigers and Vikings were tied at 13 apiece. Alex Akrawi added 12 more saves to his total for the season.
The Tigers finished the regular portion of their schedule at 8-8-2. They will now prepare for the NCCAA Central Region tournament next month. Check the website, http://www.ccctigers.com/, for more details as they become available.