Kicking off season for Women’s soccer

Kicking it in:
LCCC Defender Jessica Lemmon kicks the ball back in to her team with a corner kick during the Alumni game on September 10 at LCCC soccer field

The Laramie County Community College women’s soccer team has been practicing and playing its best this season heading into the first three games.

The team started their season ranked #10 in the NJCAA polls. With a tied game against Snow College on Aug. 23, a win against Cloud Community College on Aug. 25 and a win against Lewis and Clark Community College on Aug. 31, the women’s team moved up to #4 in the NJCAA polls.

“We’ve had a tradition of having good teams so it always feels good to be recognized by other people,” said coach Jim Gardner. “But it’s kind of an expectation at LCCC with the women’s soccer program that we start in a good position. It helps us recruit because the girls know that they’re starting in a good position.”

The women’s soccer team was supposed to head to Florida for a game against Eastern Florida State College the weekend of Sept. 6 and a game against Polk State College on Sept. 8. Unfortunately, both games were cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian.

“I was looking forward to some really good competition because Eastern Florida is ranked #3 at the moment and they are always a good team,” Gardner said.

The team continues to work and practice hard for its upcoming games.

“There is almost always a theme or idea for the practice,” Gardner said. “We obviously work on everything but we work on specifics at the same time. We’ve got to be a better passing team and we got to fix some defensive problems we’ve got but overall what we practice is usually a session that dictates what came from the game before.”

Though the season has already begun, Gardner still has goals for his team.

“I would like them to play the best that they can every time. When they step on the field, play 100%, no more, no less.” Gardner says. “Our motto this year is ‘Play like no one is watching’ so I would like them to play with no fear. Nationals is always on the back of our minds but right now it’s just taking care of business one game at a time.”

Some of the upcoming games for the women’s soccer team are Sept. 13-14 against Sheridan College and Gillette College, Sept. 20-21 against Northwest College and Central Wyoming Community College and Sept. 28 against Central Community College.

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