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WOMEN'S SOCCER: NIC ties and loses to conference powers


The NIC Cardinals took another road trip to the Puget Sound area to face two of the better programs on the coast. Friday saw NIC tie Tacoma CC 2-2 and Sunday the Cards lost to last year's NWAC finalist, Peninsula College, 1-2.

The Cardinals started the game with the first chance in the game about 5 minutes in when Ellory Ferris found herself in front of the goal with the ball and only the goalkeeper to beat. She took the shot, but it went directly to the Titan goalkeeper. About 10 minutes later, right wing, Eva Brach of TCC found Hailey Sargent with an early cross about 10 yards outside the penalty area and Sargent's first touch of the ball put her 1v1 with NIC keeper Kari Bromley. Bromley made a valiant effort to stop the shot, but it got under her outstretched hand for the first goal of the game. 5 minutes later NIC struck back. A long pass from the right back, Tiana Cydell, made it to Ferris 30 yards out from goal. Ferris flicked the ball with her head over the defense to a sprinting Autumn Stewart who slipped the ball under the Tacoma goalie. The half ended tied 1-1. The Titans again started the scoring and again it was Sargent who found a loose ball to the left of the goal and pounded it into the net. As time was waning and it looked like it was going to be a loss for the Cardinals, Cydell hit another long pass toward the TCC net and it ended up becoming more of a shot. The Titans keeper got a hand to it, but couldn't secure the ball and Linnea Pretzer punched the ball into the net to give the Cardinals the equalizer in the first minute out stoppage time (90 + 1). "It was an exciting finish to an exciting game to watch," commented Head Coach Dan Hogan. "I'm so proud the players didn't stop competing until the very end of the match."

Sunday brought an even tougher opponent in the Peninsula College Pirates. "We've always struggled against PC in these pre-season games. Port Angeles is a long drive and they always play well at home," stated Coach Hogan. The Pirates scored first when a cross from the right corner was deflected by NIC's keeper, Bromley, unfortunately it went to PC player, Emilee Greve and she knocked it into goal. At half it was 0-1 and Peninsula definitely had more of the ball. The second half was different. The Cardinals were keeping pace with the Pirates with both teams find chances, but none of them clean until the 68th minute of the game. A ball off a corner kick that dropped into the penalty area and bounced around off several players on both teams was finally poked in by Samantha Guzman. The Cardinals got one back in the 80th minute when Cidney Bauwens hit a long free kick that was tipped into the underside of the crossbar and then bounce across the goal line. While this goal energized NIC and they created a few more chances, the Cardinals did not find the same luck as the previous day.

"Although we lost the game to Peninsula, this is the best we have played them in the preseason in 15 years. Again I was impressed by the players 'never say die' attitude!" said Hogan. 

NIC's first home games of the season and the start of league play are this weekend when they play Treasure Valley CC on Friday at 2pm and Blue Mountain CC at 12pm on Saturday. Both games are at Eisenwinter Field on the North Idaho College campus. 

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Head Women's Soccer Coach, Dan Hogan
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