MCC soccer ousted by Iowa Western

COUNCIL BLUFFS — The NJCAA No. 10 Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team saw its season come to a close on Tuesday night when the Tigers fell to No. 9 Iowa Western 1-0 on the road in a game that was eerily similar to the final regular season match.

When MCC and the Reivers met up on October 22, Iowa Western scored a goal in the fourth minute that ultimately was the deciding and only score in the game. On Tuesday, it was a goal in the 11th minute that lifted the Reivers over the Tigers.

After the season-ending loss, acting head coach Chris Fuchsen said his guys gave it their all, but in the end Iowa Western just made one more play.

“The boys battled hard today,” Fuchsen said. “Unfortunately we came up short. We played with a lot of heart and determination but Western found a way to end our season again. It was a great season and we can build on our performance this year and get stronger.”

Reivers forward Leandro Avila scored the deciding goal, going 1-2 in his shot attempts on the day. No Tiger had more than one shot attempt in the game, though Andre Santos, Roger De la Villa, Bruno Osorio, Eneko Lasheras and leading-scorer Kino Ryosuke each had a shot on goal.

Iowa Western had 10 total shots in the match, though only three on goal, including the make from Avila.

All five of the MCC players with a shot on goal were sophomores, meaning their time with the program comes to an end after the loss. Fuchsen said all of the older players on the squad were important to the team’s success throughout the year, and their spots will be hard to fill.

“We have a great group of sophomores that helped maintain a level of quality that we have built for MCC soccer and we wish them the best,” Fuchsen said. “They have served us well not just as a team but served the school and community well during their time in Marshalltown. Unfortunately we have to say farewell to this group of great young men.”

NJCAA Division I Region XI Tournament

First Round

Saturday, Oct. 28

Iowa Central 3, NIACC 1

MCC 3, Northeast 1

Semifinals

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Indian Hills 5, Iowa Central 1

Iowa Western 1, MCC 0

Finals

Saturday, Nov. 4

At Cownie Soccer Park, Des Moines

No. 1 Indian Hills (16-2) vs. No. 2 Iowa Western (11-2-1), 1 p.m.