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“Banged-up” LCCC Women’s Soccer aims to be “Wyoming Tough” and prove people wrong at NJCAA Division I Soccer Tournament

Updated: May. 29, 2021 at 12:59 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On Saturday, May 22, LCCC Women’s Soccer won the Region IX Tournament. The team has an overall record of (13-1). Apparently, it’s that loss, a 1-0 reguar season finale defeat at the hands of Casper College, that has served as a motivator for the postseason thus far.

“Props to Casper,” said LCCC Women’s Soccer Head Coach Nate Ulness. “They showed up, they played the game, they won the match, they did the job that they had to do. We didn’t do our job. I knew going into the Regional Tournament [that] I felt sorry for the next three teams that would have to play us after that loss.”

LCCC proceeded to outscore their opponents 11-1 (5-0, 5-1, 1-0) in the Region IX Tournament. That was with injuries, which even required Douglas, WY native Andi Hunsicker, who was recruited as a forward, to play goalkeeper.

Coach Ulness said that though the team “will still be a little banged up” heading into the NJCAA Division I Soccer Tournament, his squad is made up of a group of players built to fight through that kind of adversity.

“Our Wyoming kids have really bought into it that we’re just gonna have that Wyoming adage of we’re just gonna be Wyoming tough when we’re down there,” said Ulness. “That blue-collar mindset, we’re gonna play with a chip on our shoulders.”

The Golden Eagles will be a six-seed in the tournament and their first game (of two Pool play-in games) is against Eastern Florida State College on Saturday, June 5.

“I definitely think we should’ve been seeded higher, but you know how politics can go sometimes with all those things and we’re just gonna go and we’re gonna do our job and show them that they were wrong,” said Ulness.

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