Women’s soccer one step closer to national tournament

The 2017 regular season for the Laramie County Community College’s women’s soccer team has come to an exciting end, with the Golden Eagles winning 12 out of 13 regular season games.

The Golden Eagles had an 8-0 record in conference play and are vying for their third straight trip to the national tournament.

“One of our goals at the beginning was to play the best that we could every game and not worry about the wins or losses and it’s turned out to be a good philosophy,” Head Coach Jim Gardner said.

The Golden Eagles, with 11 freshmen on the team this year, were able to steamroll their opponents, posting 10 shutout games and averaging 5.86 goals per game. The freshmen, who are joining a national championship caliber team, must be ready to compete at the highest level.

“The expectations of the new players are high because we are always working towards the national championship every year, we don’t prepare them any differently they just have to learn the system of offense and defense quicker,” Gardner said.

Gardner knew that the 2016 team would be tough to improve on; a team that won 15 regular season games and ultimately lost to eventual champion Tyler Junior College in the semi-finals at the national tournament.

“We didn’t plan on actually improving anything, but we wanted to maintain our high level of play and push as hard as we could,” Gardner said. “Our object wasn’t to be last years team, but to be our own team.”  

The Golden Eagles, while under Gardner’s guidance, have never finished higher than third place at the tournament, and a potential number one rank in the country may help their chances this year. The seeding for the tournament is based on national rank.

“If we’re seeded number one, we will play the 12 seed which is usually a lower caliber opponent, and it will save our legs because we would get a day of rest,” Gardner said.

Gardner said that he has realized that some luck is needed to advance to the championship from the semi-finals.

“We’ve lost three times in very close matches,” Gardner said.  “We’ve either have to take it up one notch which is difficult with our fitness at the time because we play so hard for two or three days in a row.”

The National Tournament will take place Nov. 13-18 in Melbourne, Florida at Titan Stadium.

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My name is Logan Harrison, I am 21 years old. I was born in the great city of Minot, North Dakota. My father had been sent to the Minot Air Force base, where we lived for four years after I was born. In the year 2000, my father was reassigned to the the F.E. Warren Air Force Base where we ended up staying in smelly, outdated air force housing for three or four years until we moved off the base. I attended Anderson Elementary school and then enrolled into the East High system where I attended Carey Jr. High for three years. After graduating from East High in 2014, I received a scholarship to Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming, to compete on the golf team. During my time there we went to back-to-back National Championships and took second in the region my freshman year, and during my sophomore season we won the Region IX title. I always love a good meal with good company, and I enjoy hanging out and talking with friends and family. I will never pass up an opportunity to pet a dog or any pet. This past winter I took a trip to St. Thomas Island in the Virgin Islands where I stayed with a friend of mine and worked as a kayak guide for seven weeks. That whole experience is something I encourage everyone to do. Get out of your comfort zone and explore a new environment, culture, food, and activities. I went kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking almost everyday. The highlight of my time there was scuba diving, swimming with sharks and exploring an old shipwreck. The ocean is surprisingly very peaceful and magical when you finally reach the bottom. The whole experience taught me that life doesn't actually start until you reach the end of your comfort zone.

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