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NIACC men’s soccer team opens tourney play at Iowa Central

FORT DODGE – The NIACC men’s soccer team plays at Iowa Central at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament.

Match time is set for 2 p.m. at Harlan Rogers Park.

NIACC (8-7 overall, 5-4 in the ICCAC) earned the fifth-seed in the regional tournament. Iowa Central (12-3, 6-3) enters the regional tournament as the fourth-seed.

The winner of Saturday’s match plays at top-seed Indian Hills (15-2, 8-1) in the regional semifinals at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Indian Hills earned a first-round bye in the six-team tournament.

Iowa Central topped NIACC 2-1 in their regular season match on Sept. 30 in Mason City.

SATURDAY’S FIRST-ROUND MATCHES

2 p.m. – (5) NIACC (8-7, 5-4) at (4) Iowa Central (12-3, 6-3)

2 p.m. – (6) Northeast CC (7-11, 4-5) at (3) Marshalltown (12-2, 7-2)

Note – (1) Indian Hills (15-2, 8-1) and (2) Iowa Western (10-2-1, 8-1) received first-round byes.

TUESDAY, OCT. 31 SEMIFINALS

2 p.m. – Iowa Central/NIACC winner at Indian Hills

2 p.m. – Marshalltown/Northeast winner at Iowa Western

Notes – The championship match is set for Saturday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Cownie Park in Des Moines. The winner of the Region XI championship advances to the NJCAA Division I national tournament in Prescott, Ariz. Nov. 13-18.

Meanwhile, NIACC freshman forward Lena Oliver was one of three ICCAC women’s soccer players to earn player of the week honors for the week of Oct. 16-22.
Oliver shared the award with Iowa Western keeper Mandy Clark and Indian Hills’ forward Laura Hallissey. Oliver is the first NIACC women’s soccer player to earn the award this season.

Oliver scored three goals in the Lady Trojans’ 5-0 win over DCTC on Oct. 17.

Oliver led the Lady Trojans with eight goals and five assists this season.

NIACC wrapped up its first women’s soccer season since 2004 with a record of 4-9 overall and 1-7 in the ICCAC.

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