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Iowa Central women roll

September 7, 2012
By JOSH MEYER - Messenger Sports Writer (sports@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

The Iowa Central women's soccer team continued to look nearly invincible in its ICCAC opener here Wednesday.

Keeping their perfect season intact, the 11th-ranked (NJCAA Div. I) Tritons (5-0 overall, 1-0 in the league) blanked overwhelmed Indian Hills (0-4-1, 0-1) by a 14-0 decision at Rogers Sports Complex.

After jumping out to a commanding 8-0 advantage at the break, the Tritons managed to tack on six more insurance tallies following the intermission. Three Iowa Central scores actually came in the last 2:36 of the first half, and three others took place in the late stages of the final frame.

"I'm happy with our offense, but we still haven't played a team as skillful as us," ICCC first-year head coach Christiane Lessa said. "Until we face someone as motivated as we are, it's hard to judge just how good we really can be."'

Freshman forward Vanessa Barcelleiro powered the Triton offensive charge with four scores, while sophomore forwards Kami Paulsen and Josephine Frigerio both notched a pair of goals.

Rachel Avant, Chelsie Kahly, Jackie Martinez, Sheleena Mayberry, Mariana De Luca and Katie Tapke all found the back of the net as well for Iowa Central, which controlled the ball for nearly the entire contest.

In the assists column, Lauren Abbas led the way with three. Barcelleiro and Frigerio had two helpers apiece, while Avant, Brianna Miller and Tapke each finished with one.

"We just haven't been pressured much defensively, which definitely concerns me heading into some big games coming up," said Lessa. "I'm excited to see where we stand when we play against better (ICCAC) teams like (No. 7) Iowa Lakes (Sept. 15) and (No. 4) Iowa Western (Sept. 25)."

So far this year, Iowa Central has outscored its foes by a lopsided combined margin of 53-3.

Next action for the Tritons is Saturday when they host Dakota County (Minn.) for a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m. Iowa Central prevailed over the Blue Knights (1-3) by a 10-3 final in their earlier encounter this season.

 
 

 

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