Soccer Teams Finish Spring Season
The Pratt Community College men's and women's soccer teams competed in their last spring tournament on April 23 in McPherson, Kan. against Central Christian College.
The men's team unfortunately came up short, losing the contest 3-0 against a team they had previously defeated 12-3 at the McPherson College 6v6 tournament two weeks prior.
"The men gained valuable experience against a tough 4-year institution that competes in a tough NAIA conference," said Head Coach Kevin Edwards. "I am very proud of the way they competed and controlled the game in terms of possession of the ball, shots on goal, and overall intensity but a fee defensive breakdowns and us being unable to finish our opportunities lead to us leaving with a loss. Despite the loss, we are optimistic about the direction of the men's program and will continue to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom."
The Lady Beaver soccer team was also in action in a back and forth battle in less-than-ideal weather and field conditions. CCC came out of the gates very poised and in sync while the Beavers struggled to settle into the match. In the first 15 minutes a defensive blunder led to a Pratt player passing the ball directly to an opposing player in scoring position for an easy goal.
Rachael Roller was able to free herself into scoring position before being cut down from behind, earning the Beavers a penalty kick. Lauren Snyder took the kick and knotted the match up at 1-1. In the closing seconds of the second half, CCC was able to sneak through the defense to add another goal before the break (2-1 CCC at half).
The second half was all but dominated by the Beavers, leading nearly all statistical categories but struggling to put the ball in the net. During an early second half surge, CCC was able to capitalize on yet another defensive mistake and take a 3-1 lead. Jack Finley slotted a great pass into space for Snyder to score her second goal of the game and pull the beavers within a goal. Unfortunately, CCC was able to fight off the late game heroics of the Beavers and earn their 3-2 victory.
Beaver men's and women's soccer will return to action in the fall.