Lady Knights close out season of improvement
On Saturday, Nov. 1, in Mason City, Iowa, the 2008 season ended for DCTC women’s soccer with the semifinal game against Iowa Central Community College in the NJCAA Region XI Tournament. ICCC hit the board at the eight-minute mark in the first half, but from then on DCTC took over the majority of play.
In the 28th minute, freshman Meredith Enderson (Glencoe Silver Lake) crossed a ball that found the foot of freshman Heather Neurer (Oakdale Tartan), who scored on an angled, one-touch volley from 20 yards out, knotting the score at 1–1.
DCTC conceded an early second-half goal, falling behind 1–2. The Knights continued to press offensively for the rest of the game and had a number of chances to tie the score. ICCC held on to defeat DCTC for the third time this year.
“We now know the threshold that we must overcome,” said Coach Cam Stoltz. “We finished third in the conference behind Central and regional champion Iowa Western. Even though we improved and were more than competitive, we still need to find a way to get past teams like Central.”
The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference will be larger next year, expanding from five teams to seven with the addition of Iowa Lakes Community College and Des Moines Area Community College.
DCTC has 11 freshmen on its roster, including the core of fullback defenders and the team’s two leading scorers. The Lady Knights completed the season with 9–9–0 record.