Late Season Surge Propels Men and Women’s Soccer toward Postseason

Blue Knights have one game remaining before regional playoffs

Going into the 2008 season, the DCTC women and men’s soccer teams knew the schedule would be the most challenging ever faced in the program’s six-year history. Both teams were pitted against the top two-year college soccer teams in NJCAA Division I.

The 2008 men’s schedule was highlighted with one game versus the six-time national championYavapai College Roughriders and two games versus the Marshalltown Community College Tigers, defending regional champions and ranked second in the nation. After losing five games to ranked teams, the men forged ahead to win nine of their last 11 games for a season record of 10 wins, eight losses and one tie.

Having faced the top team in the nation twice as well as the nationally ranked Paradise Valley Community College Pumas, the Blue Knight women have compiled a record of  9–7–0. The Lady Knights won seven of their last nine games.

On Friday, Oct. 24, both teams will take on Iowa Central Community College at home in the last regular season games of the regular season before heading into the regional playoffs. With a win, the women have a chance to finish in second place in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference ICCAC), which would be their best finish since winning the 2003 NJCAA regional trophy. Regardless of the final game’s result, the Lady Knights will battle the Tritons again Saturday, Nov. 1, in the conference playoff semifinal at Mason City, Iowa.

The men have locked the fifth seed in the conference tournament and will await the fourth seed in the quarterfinals. DCTC will have to travel to Iowa Western Community College, Iowa Central Community College or North Iowa Community College. If the Knights find a way to pull off a quarterfinal win, they would advance to the conference final four and semifinal in Mason City on Nov. 1.