Iowa Western Reivers

REIVER NEWS

Reivers Finish 3rd in the Nation

Iowa Western Community College Women’s Soccer program wishes to thank you for your continued support of our program. Although our season didn’t quite end the way we hoped, it was a tremendous year for all that were involved.

The women’s soccer team entered the 2012 season ranked 15th in the nation. With a small, but strong returning class and an excellent incoming freshman class, the Reivers looked to prove the rankings wrong immediately. The Reivers started the season strong, with big wins over Butler Community College and Illinois Central Community College. They experienced a small bump in the road, losing to Laramie County Community College, but were determined to bounce back even stronger. From there on out, the Reivers went undefeated in Region and District play, earning them a trip to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in Melbourne, Florida. The Reivers entered the tournament as the #3 seed, facing and defeating both Lake County Community College and Monroe Community College in group play. Both wins propelled them to the tournament semi-final where they faced Paradise Valley Community College, a team who had gone undefeated all season. With both teams tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and overtime periods, the game was decided on penalty kicks. Unfortunately, luck was not in favor of the Reivers and Paradise Valley ended up advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament Championship Game. Freshman defender Indira Ilic, freshman forward Marina Galaz, and sophomore forward Taylor Samsel were all named to the NJCAA National Championship All-Tournament team. The Reivers ended their season ranked #3 in the nation with a record of 19-2-1, producing a total of 130 goals, 90 assists, and 350 points. They allowed only 13 goals and posted 14 shutouts.

Thank you again for your support as this was a vital part to our season’s success. We look forward to next year and hope to continue our winning tradition.