Triton men ousted in regional tourney
In the rain and cold, the season came to an end for the Iowa Central men’s soccer team here Sunday at Rogers Sports Complex.
Indian Hills claimed a second consecutive one-goal win over the Tritons, edging them 2-1 in the opening round of the Region XI Tournament.
The Warriors (7-10-2 overall) advance to face Iowa Western on Wednesday in Council Bluffs in the regional semifinal.
“We fought, it just wasn’t our day,” Iowa Central head coach Pablo Rodriguez said. “The kids kept battling in some pretty incredibly tough conditions. Having the wind really made a big difference in this one.”
Shogo Koike gave Indian Hills an early 1-0 lead off a corner kick attempt in the 52nd minute. The Warriors made it 2-0 when Tsubasa Nagaoka scored off a free-kick following a yellow card.
Iowa Central (8-8) got on the board when Henry O’Leary knocked in a loose ball at the 63rd minute.
“Henry really had a nice match,” Rodriguez said. “He put himself in the right place to make a play.”
The Tritons started the year off strong, winning six of their first seven. They were able to pick up 3-1 and 4-1 victories over Indian Hills and Marshalltown in ICCAC Div. I play during October.
Four of Iowa Central’s eight wins came at home this season.