MT. PLEASANT & LUFKIN, TEXAS – The Northeast Community College women's soccer team faced tough competition on Saturday and Sunday in Mount Pleasant and Lufkin, Texas.
The Hawks (3-1) came away with a 1-0 victory over Northeast Texas Community College, thanks to a goal in the 87th minute by Mandy Stricker (Broomfield, Colo.) assisted by Kahrena Thompson (Jamestown, Colo.).
"This was a very physical game," head coach Chad Miller said. "We had some good chances in the first half, but struggled a little to find our rhythm. "We came out much stronger in the second half and moved the ball much better. Our defense did a great job not allowing any easy shots."
MacKenzie Byrnes (Brighton, Colo.) tallied seven saves in the net.
On Sunday, the Hawks came up just a little short, falling 2-1 to Angelina College.
Stricker scored the lone goal for the Hawks in the 13th minute. Northeast out shot Angelina 15-11 in the contest.
"This game was a battle," Miller added. "It had a lot of ups and downs in it. It was very hot, we were banged up and tired from the day before and we were playing a good team. Our possession was great and were keeping the ball on our offensive half of the field for the first 30 minutes of the match."
The Hawks are back on the pitch at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when they take on Central Community College in Columbus, Neb.
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