One of the primary factors in the success of the Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team so far in the 2018 season is teamwork. Taylor Stoeger, a sophomore forward for the Golden Eagles, is a team player, and that fact is bore out in statistics.
As of Oct. 4, Stoeger leads the Golden Eagles in goals with six and assists with five.
Stoeger said she attributes her success this season to the extra time she spent practicing the skills that she said she personally struggled with.
Stoeger said she thinks the team will do well the rest of this season. Through Oct. 4, the team has posted a record of 7-4 with six of those victories coming against Region IX competition. The Golden Eagles have had a tougher time against non-conference opponents, most recently losing to Tyler Junior College and Iowa Western Community College, two schools that are generally in the mix for a national title. Tyler was ranked third in the nation and Iowa Western eighth for the week of Oct. 2, while the Golden Eagles were ranked 12th.
When asked about the struggles with Western Iowa, where the Golden Eagles lost 2-0, Stoeger said they have their ups and downs and were unable to finish and score goals. Despite losing by two goals, the Golden Eagles were nearly even with Iowa Western in shots on goal, 10-9.
Since then, the Golden Eagles have won five straight games. Stoeger has notched four assists over those five games.
Coach Jim Gardner said he has several team-first players like Stoeger on the roster, and they all work hard to be successful. He added that when he talks to Stoeger she is all about the team and not her individual game. Gardner said that players like Stoeger are a pleasure to have on the team. He said he looks for players who work hard and have the skills to be successful.
Gardner said that the conference teams are not as tough to play as some of the non-conference games, but the Golden Eagles compete with the same mentality that they would play with at nationals.