This is the first year NIACC has had a women’s soccer team since 2004. Head coach Leo Driscoll is focused on laying down the foundation.
Now halfway through the season, the Lady Trojans hold a 3-5 overall record after a loss to Iowa Central, 1-0.
“I’ve absolutely seen individual progression from everybody,” Driscoll said. “That’s all we are looking for is individual progression, so they can come in next year and know what to expect.”
Driscoll says that the girls are now realizing what it takes to compete at this level through tough losses. The Lady Trojans lost to Iowa Western last Saturday, 8-0, and were also shut out by Indian Hills on September 16, 4-0.
While the Lady Trojans saw improvements on defense against Iowa Central, Driscoll is concerned about scoring. They’ve now gone two straight games without a goal.
“Tough to take a loss today, especially when the girls played so well,” Driscoll said. “We had chances we just couldn’t hit the back of the net, that’s the difference between the two teams.”
Iowa Central played an aggressive game, but the Lady Trojans held their own on the back line. Freshmen Emma Eden and Kirrilly Hughes dealt with the bulk of the shots on goal, feeding the offense with shots down field.
Hughes had shuffled to defense after an injury, she normally plays midfielder. Eden, however, was meant for her position.
“Emma can play anywhere along that back line,” Driscoll said. “Every game it’s the same level from here, you can’t expect anything else, she’ll give her life for these girls. It’s good to see.”
The only goal of the game would come from the Tritons. Sophomore Nara Da Costa managed to break through the Trojan defense up the middle, nailing a shot to the bottom left corner for a goal with 7:01 left in the game.
“I think they played really tight,” Driscoll said. “Defense is such a tough position to play in because you have to concentrate every second of the game and if you slip it once, you can lose the game.”
The Lady Trojans will travel to Des Moines next Wednesday to take on Grand View University Junior Varsity at 4 p.m.