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Iowa Central women fall short on the pitch

On Saturday afternoon at Rogers Sports Complex, the Iowa Central women’s soccer team nearly shocked fifth-ranked Indian Hills.

With the Warriors still very much in the running for the ICCAC Div. I title and No. 1 seed in the upcoming regional tournament, the Tritons pushed and pushed before coming up just short, 2-0 on Sophomore Day.

“We played with so much heart and passion and fight,” Iowa Central head coach Rilee Miller said. “I could not be more proud of the girls. After the match, their coach said he hopes he doesn’t have to see us again in the semifinals of regionals. That’s a very big compliment to hear.”

Neither team could finish an attack through the first 45 minutes of action, as Indian Hills finally got a ball past Isabella Chianta in the 68th minute off the foot of Abbie Bailey. Makayla Reed made it 2-0 with a goal in the 83rd minute for the Warriors (16-1 overall, 5-1 in league).

“That first goal, it was just a really nice kick that found a way past Bella,” Miller said. “The second I feel was the result of us being tired. We didn’t have as many subs as Indian Hills and that kind of caught up to us. The girls played hard and they should be proud of their effort.

“We just have to use this moving forward into our final regular season match and regionals. We have to believe we can play like this every time out.”

Iowa Central (4-7, 1-4) honored sophomores Magley Orellana, Norma Hernandez, Morgan Lawson, Dannilee Bears, Jeannette Scholz, Tia Woeste and Jasmine Kurufher prior to the match.

The Tritons close out the regular season on Tuesday when they travel to Council Bluffs to face No. 8 Iowa Western.

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