The DCTC Blue Knights soccer teams split their road series this past weekend. Traveling to Madison, Wisconsin and Grayslake, Illinois, the Knights performed well overall as the teams begin to gain confidence.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Blue Knights men took on Madison Area Technical College, losing 3-1 in a physical game. MATC scored all three goals in the first half but were shut down by DCTC in the second half. The Knights picked up one goal in the second half, thanks to John Kima with an assist by Kerby Camacho in the 75th minute.
Also on Saturday, the women’s team played third-ranked Schoolcraft College (Mich.), losing 5-0, but gaining valuable experience. DCTC held Schoolcraft scoreless for nearly 40 minutes. Coach Cam Stoltz commented afterward that he was proud his team faced tough competition head-on, and learned valuable lessons.
Some of those lessons from the Schoolcraft game paid off on Sunday, as the women’s team took on the College of Lake County, and prevailed 5-4 in overtime.
DCTC traded the lead with the College of Lake County and fought back to tie the game with three minutes remaining in regulation time. Rebecca Noonan had three goals, while Olena Lundquist also tallied a regulation goal before Sheena Lien knocked in the overtime game-winner, three minutes into the extra period.
“After we dominated the second half, we were confident going into overtime,” Stoltz said. “Our women showed the resolve and persistence needed to win such a close game.”
In overtime, following a pass from Noonan, Lien scored the final goal after two minutes, clinching the victory. Sharing time in the nets on Sunday were Teresa O’Keefe, Whitney Leverington, and Holly Peterson. The win gave the DCTC women a 2-4 overall record for the season.
The Blue Knights men also tallied a win for the weekend beating Lake County College (IL) 1-0. John Kima had the initial shot that deflected off the post to Josh Anderson who recorded the lone goal in the first half. The win, the team’s second in three games, gave the men a 2-4 record for the year.
Both teams will be in action on Saturday in Northfield against St. Olaf (J.V.) at 9 and 10 a.m. The Blue Knights are also traveling on Sunday to Iowa to take on Western Nebraska Community College.