Lady Knights Lose to IWCC 1 –3 in NJCAA Region XI Finals

16–6 record marks best season in team’s history

The DCTC Blue Knights women’s soccer team rolled past Iowa Central Community College 5–1 in the NJCAA Region XI semifinals Saturday, Oct. 31, but couldn’t break through Iowa Western Community College in the championship game the following day, losing 1–3 to the Reivers, who are ranked #5 in the latest NJCAA Top 10 national poll.

“We turned in our greatest effort of the season,” said Head Coach Cam Stoltz. “The women brought their best game both speedwise and competitively.”

The Knights worked hard to create scoring opportunities, but dropped behind 0–1 with 10 minutes left in the first half. That score held until the Reivers scored on a free kick with 27 minutes left in the game.

“We felt that we had a great chance to win when Anna Woerle, a freshman forward, scored on a free kick from forty-three yards out,” Stoltz said, “but Iowa Western scored one more time, icing the game with two minutes left.”

DCTC finished the season 16–6, the best record in the team’s history. The Lady Knights also placed second in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, or ICCAC, going 6–2, behind IWCC, which finished the season 17–0–1 overall and 8–0 in conference play.

“We have big plans for next year,” said Stoltz, who was named the 2009 ICCAC Region XI Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year. “We are expecting ten returning players from this year’s team and will continue our strong recruiting efforts to build for the future.”