Posted: Sep 28, 2019
Bettendorf, IA: Iowa Western stays undefeated in ICCAC play by defeating Scott CC 4-0
How It Happened: The Reivers got off to a fast start as Hope Riche scored the first of her two goals in the 5th minute. After clever interplay between Laura Linares and Moriah Lucas in the right corner, Lucas attracted three Eagle defenders before playing a perfect cross to Riche for a thumping header inside the 6-yard box. It was Riche again in the 10' as she ran on to a Linares pass that Paola Ochoa cleverly laid off into Riche's path, who beat the onrushing Scott goalkeeper. The Reivers dominated possession the rest of the half, with the Eagles recording one shot in the first 45 minutes that sailed wide.
The second half saw more of the same from the visiting Reivers. Linares added a third goal after clever wing play found Ochoa in the box in 48'. Ochoa was provider again as she laid off to Linares who placed her 19-yard shot into the right upper 90. Nine minutes later freshman Lina Jaime finished off the scoring with a well-placed finish from just outside the penalty area. The Reivers wouldn't allow a shot in the second frame and finished the match with 23 total shots.
Notes & Numbers: Iowa Western improves to 7-3-0. Riche has now scored five goals in five matches. Ochoa leads the team with four assists on the year. Goalkeeper Judit Gonzalez collected her 4th shutout of the season.
Quotes: Coach Adam Sanchez: "This was a much improved Scott CC team from years past. They were prepared with a tactical plan to frustrate us and fight for a result. Hats off to our players that focused and solved problems in-game and scored four beautiful goals. It was a great team performance and I thought our side was amazing on the day. The players should be super proud of our performance today and getting the three points we were after."
Up Next: The Reivers will host conference opponent Iowa Lakes CC Wednesday, October 2, then travel to Hawkeye CC on Saturday, October 5. The matches can be viewed live at http://goreivers.com/information/reiver-sports-network Match updates can be found on Twitter at @ReiverWSoccer & @GoReivers.