MENS SOCCER, IOWA CENTRAL 3 NIACC 1

The NIACC soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Iowa Central in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament on Saturday at the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex.

Iowa Central took a 2-0 lead in the second half and added its third goal in the final minute to advance to the regional final four. The Tritons play at top-seed Indian Hills on Tuesday in the regional semifinals.

NIACC scored a goal by Niall Coulthard on an indirect kick to make it 2-1 with 10:37 remaining in the contest.

NIACC wrapped up the 2017 season with a record of 8-8. It's the first time since the 2011 season that the Trojans have finished with at least a .500 record.

PREP HOCKEY, WATERLOO 5, MOHAWK HOCKEY CLUB 3

The Mohawk Hockey Club lost its season opener against Waterloo 5-3.

Waterloo score three of its goals in the first period, a fourth by Kole Latusick followed in the second before the Mohawks had their first. Bryce Butler and Zach Jimenez would each have power play goals in the second period to narrow a 4-0 deficit to 4-2.

Waterloo’s Ben Sinnott would score the final goal to make it five. Nate Lassise recorded the final score for the Mohawks, 5-3.

Latusick was the top scorer for Waterloo with two goals and one assist. Butler and Jimenez each finished with one goal and one assist for the Mohawks.

The Mohawks play Waterloo again tomorrow at 11:00am.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Mason City qualifies 1 event for state

JOHNSTON — The Mason City girls swimming team punched one event through to the state meet Saturday in a regional meet at Johnston.

The Mohawks’ 200 freestyle relay team of Paige Braun, Madison Braun, Marley Hagerty and Nia Litterer swam to a time of 1 minute, 44.06 seconds to qualify with the 24th-fastest time. The time was a five-second personal best.

Mason City was close to pushing a few others through, but came up just short with Madison Braun in the 100 breaststroke, Thea Lunning in the 100 butterfly, and the 200 medley relay team.

On the day, though, Mason City was as fast as it’s been all season.

“What a fantastic meet for time cuts,” Mason City coach Steve Hugo said. “In the 24 of our 27 swims, we cut a total of 2:03.6, we had 15 swims that made or moved up on the Mohawk performance chart, and five girls who made the chart for the first time.”

The state meet is next Saturday in Marshalltown.

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