24 Oct Galaviz, Nakugawa score two goals each in Blackhawk victory
Southeastern Community College’s women’s soccer team won its fifth straight match Saturday, but the schedule is getting tougher.
The Blackhawks (9-8) blanked Dakota County Technical College, 6-0, in Saturday’s first round of the Region XI tournament at the Burlington Regional RecPlex. That win advances SCC to Tuesday’s semifinals against No. 2 seed Hawkeye (12-4) at Waterloo. SCC is the third seed.
Hawkeye defeated SCC twice in the regular season, 3-0 Sept. 21 in Waterloo and 6-1 Oct. 5 at the RecPlex.
“They have a lot of good offensive options.,” SCC coach Zac Newton said of Hawkeye. “They can score goals. I think we’ve got a couple girls who can finish and take their chances, but I think they have just a bit more depth than us. They will cause us problems. They’re quick on the wings. They get up top. So we’re going to need a very good defensive effort.”
Marita Leinbach leads Hawkeyes shooters with 17 goals and 15 assists. Riley Rosauer had nine goals and nine assists and Jacque Kuester has 10 goals and one assist.
Non Ishida leads the Blackhawks with 13 goals and four assists. Former Notre Dame-West Burlington standout Taylor Ackerman has six goals and four assists. Hinano Nakagawa has five goals and six assists and Luz Lafita has five goals and four assists.
Tuesday’s winner advances to Saturday’s Region XI championship match to be played at the higher seed. Top seed Northeast (14-5) hosts No. 5 North Iowa Area (2-7-2) in Tuesday’s other semifinal.
Against Dakota County Technical College Saturday, Nakagawa and Alissa Galaviz scored two goals each and Lafita and Ishita scored one each. Ackerman and Lafita had two assists each and Galaviz and Odalyz Valdez each had one.
Goalkeeper Alaina Lawrence picked up the shutout with two saves.
“It was good for the most part,” Newton said. “A couple things need to be cleaned up, I mean possession-wise. I think a bit more aggression on those long balls from the keeper. A couple times they were able to counter us.
“We had 32 shots today and only had six goals, so that has to clean up.” Eight of those shots were on goal.
Since the beginning of the season, “they’ve definitely improved,” Newton said.
It was SCC’s third victory over Dakota County Tech this season by a combined score of 14-2. The Blue Knights ended their season at 4-14-1.
By the numbers
SCC 6, Dakota County Tech 0
DCTC 0 0 — 0
SCC 3 3 — 6
SCC — Hinano Nakagawa (Luz Lafita)
SCC — Alissa Galaviz (Taylor Ackerman)
SCC — Lafita (Ackerman)
SCC — Galaviz (Lafita)
SCC — Nakagawa (Galaviz)
SCC — Non Ishida (Odalyz Valdez)
Shots. 4. 32
Saves. 8. 2
Fouls. 1. 6
Corner kicks. 1. 9
Penalty kicks. 0. 0
Yellow cards. 0. 0
Red cards. 0. 0
Records: Dakota County Technical 4-14-1, SCC 9-8.
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