Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer bows out in semi-finals

11/18/2016

The #6 ranked North Idaho College Cardinals faced the #1 ranked Peninsula College Pirates in the first semi-final of the NWAC Championships at Starfire Sports in Tukwila, Washington. NIC knew it was in a tough battle as PC hadn't given up a goal in its previous 14 games and unfortunately for the Cardinals the Pirates were the better team winning 3-1. Peninsula got on the scoreboard first about 16 minutes into the match. A poorly cleared ball fell Sydney Warren toward the right corner of the penalty area. Warren hit what appeared to be a cross, but the ball slipped off her foot and became a perfect chip over Cardinal goal keeper, Tiegan Horton. The 40th minute of the first half was probably the time that really determined the out come. A Peninsula corner kick got played back into the box near the left goal post. As NIC center back Jessica Scott was headed to clear the ball she tripped and fell next to the ball. Peninsula players kicked the ball back in front of the goal where it was played into the goal. More important to NIC than giving up the goal was the fact that in the scramble for the ball Scott was kicked in the head and received a game ending concussion.

Down 2-0 at the start of the second half the Cardinals came out a sense of urgency, putting a lot of pressure on the Pirate backs which eventually saw Piper Glover, NIC right back, take a pass in the Cardinals attacking half of the field, cutting into the middle and slipping a through pass to Meg Lowery. Lowery's first touch put her just inside the penalty area and behind her defender where she unleashed a shot into the lower left corner of the goal. The goal energized the Cardinals and they kept attacking, but miscommunication on a corner kick resulted on a heart breaking third goal for Peninsula.

"The girls played very hard in the second half and it looked like we had gained the momentum, but both Jess (Scott) and Jocelyn (Cook-Cox) were out of the game at the time of the corner kick and there was just some confusion with other players filling different roles than usual. I think the second half showed we could really play with PC," commented Head Coach Dan Hogan.

Hogan also said, "It was a great season. The whole team improved so much especially when there was a big unknown regarding our defensive line. I'm very proud of all of our players." 


More Information

Head Women's Soccer Coach, Dan Hogan
(208) 769-5952 or Dan.Hogan@nic.edu