Photo by Paige Allen, L&C Photographer
Samantha Fennessey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against ICC Nov. 1.
GODFREY — The Lewis and Clark Community College women’s soccer team bested No. 13 seed Parkland College 1-0 on Sunday, to become Region 24 champions. Next up is the district championship.
The Trailblazers go to St. Charles Community College at 12:30 Saturday afternoon for an opportunity to play in the NJCAA Division I Nationals on Nov. 16-20 in Melbourne, Fla.
“We just have to play up to our capabilities against St. Charles,” LCCC coach Tim Rooney said. “We’ve played solid all year. We don’t give up much and are able to score goals, so if we can defend well and keep our goal scoring up we should do great.”
LCCC faced St. Charles earlier this season and scored a 6-1 victory.
“They’ve been playing at a high level — very competitive this season. We just have to take care of ourselves,” Rooney said.
The first half of last Sunday’s game left the two teams in a scoreless deadlock. Cassidy Foley’s shot at the far post of the goal was saved by Parkland’s goalkeeper, but LCCC’s Samantha Fennessey was able to tap in the rebound, giving the Trailblazers the lead. From there, LCCC goalkeeper Natalie Otten was able to keep Parkland’s offense at bay.
“It was a tough battle with Parkland for 180 minutes and only one goal scored,” Rooney said. “The field conditions were tough and the two teams were very close, but I’m glad we came out on top.”