It’s over for the soccer Trailblazers from Lewis and Clark Community College. Wednesday was a tough day for them.
The season ended abruptly Wednesday for both LCCC teams in national tournaments.
The LCCC men lost to Pima, Ariz., 4-1 in NJCAA Division I pool play at Martinsville, Va., and closed their season with an 18-4-1 record. They went 1-1 in the nationals.
And the LCCC women suffered a 4-1 defeat to Iowa Central Community College in the D-1 nationals at Melbourne, Fla., and also were eliminated. The Trailblazers went 0-2 in pool play.
Both LCCC teams will be honored during a celebration at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the commons area on the school’s campus. Tim Rooney, the head coach of both teams, will be among the speakers. The public is invited to attend.
Pima scored three times late in the first half to build an insurmountable 3-0 lead and defeat the ’Blazers, who won their tourney opener 2-1 in overtime.
Jason Romero of Pima scored two of the Aztecs’ first-half goals and LCCC could never recover. His first goal, in the 30th minute, started Pima’s explosion of three goals in 10 minutes.
Lochlan Reus tallied the Trailblazers’ only goal in the 72nd minute. It came on a penalty kick.
Pima, which is 17-2-2, advanced from pool play into Friday’s semifinals.
The Trailblazers finished 13-4-2 after bowing to Iowa Central in their second match. LCCC, ranked No. 6 in the nation, went 0-2 in pool play.
The Tritons, who improved to 17-1, scored four times in the second half to secure their victory. Nicole Howard’s 40th goal of the season accounted for the lone LCCC score. It came in the second half after the Tritons built a 3-0 lead.
“I thought we did a better job today (Wednesday) than we did Tuesday,” LCCC coach Tim Rooney said. “We worked harder.
“But they’ve got a really nice team,” he said of Iowa Central. “Their possession is very good. They found the space where they needed to find it and they moved the ball well. ’’
He added, “We did OK. It’s not what we wanted, but obviously every team here comes in with the same goal — to win. I’m proud of what we did. We got here. We’ll move on and look forward to next year.”
Jordyn Brown, Laisy Scardazzi, Peyton Karns and Alyssa Montoya scored for Iowa Central.