November 3, 2006

Wildcats Fall to Fourth-Ranked Team

The Wildcats women's soccer team (10-9-2) dropped a close contest 1-0 today to No. 4 Laramie County Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association playoffs in Overland Park, Kan. The loss ended the season for the Wildcats but gave them something to build on next year.

"We're a little down right now but we have to keep our heads up high and look at the big picture," said Head Coach Hillary Arthur. "This was an amazing year for our second-year program and a good experience for all of us."

Western's Hannah Lee scored the first goal in the game but had it called back because of an offside penalty. Laramie then scored three minutes before halftime to make it 1-0. Defense ruled the rest of the game that was played on a very cold day. "The temperature was 52 degrees but the wind chill was so cold," said Arthur. "We were playing the Number Four team in the nation, so we can't be disappointed."

The Wildcats played 16 of their 21 games on the road in their second season and still managed to win the Scenic West Athletic Conference Region XVIII Championship. WNCC finished their memorable second year with a record over .500, and Arthur was named the conference's Coach of the Year. "It's what dreams are made of," Arthur added. "We made history for WNCC."

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