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Reivers split Region XI soccer showdowns

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Iowa Western Community College split its afternoon of Region XI soccer action with Iowa Central Community College at Iowa Western.

The Reiver women won 4-1 in a battle of nationally ranked teams. Central men won 1-0.

After going scoreless in three games against the Tritons last year, Iowa Western needed only three minutes to find the net this year. Freshman Lindy Stauffer's kick was headed in for the score by sophomore Tara Devenish.

"It felt amazing," said Devenish. "I knew I had to get it in there."

The goal was "very important," said Devenish. "We had to come out strong, we had to set a standard. The goal pumped us up and made us keep our composure."

"The goal showed us we could score," said Iowa Western coach Ammon Bennett. "I felt that was important for the players who were with us last year. After that we dominated play."

With 3:46 left in the half, Kim Olsen scored off a feed from Amanda Johnson. Six minutes into the second half, the Reivers got an own goal (Olsen received credit).

Iowa Central averted the shutout on a goal by Molly Hoskins with four minutes to play.

Iowa Western responded a minute later as Rikki Southard scored on an assist by Laura Bomgaars.

"We wanted the shutout," said Bennett. "They got a good goal, but I was glad to see us respond."

To be fair, this wasn't Iowa Central's day from the get-go. Bus troubles made the Tritons late to the game, which started 15 minutes late. Central took only 15 minutes to warm up, hardly enough time.

"They came out flat," said Bennett, "and I know they were missing their leading scorer (six goals, seven assists in four games) on an eligibility issue."

"We've been starting flat," said Iowa Central coach William McGowan. "Once they got the early goal, it was an uphill struggle.

"But give Iowa Western credit, they showed us few weak spots.

"We'll play in a month and I hope we can show them a different Iowa Central team."

"I was most pleased with our defense," added Bennett. "We are correcting mistakes, so we're pleased."

Rafael Dominguez's goal with 22:54 left in the game made the difference in the men's game.

What also made a difference was a red card issued to Iowa Western's Danny Duhacek with 40 minutes left in the game. That forced the Reivers to play the rest of the game 10 against 11.

Playing one down isn't something the Reivers practice.

"We've played it," said Bennett, "with one less forward. Even down one, I felt the guys generated some offense, but we couldn't send up the numbers to fully attack."

The goal came as a result of a scramble for the ball in front of the Iowa Western goal.

"Central filled as it should and finally punched it in," said Bennett.

"We'll take this," said McGowan. "Iowa Western is very solid. This was our best performance of the year. We defended well and when we got our chance, we took it.

"I think this shows the region is wide open, there isn't a favorite, so to take a win out of here is great."

"I'm not dissatisfied with the way we played," said Bennett. "We played with a lot of heart. This, to me, was a game that we didn't lose, but just didn't win."

Records: Women: Iowa Central (0-1, 4-1); Iowa Western (3-0, 5-0)

Ratings: Women: National: Iowa Central 7th; Iowa Western 14th (Division I)

Records: Men: Iowa Central (2-0, 2-3); Iowa Western (2-1, 3-3-1).


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