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LCCC Men’s Soccer set to play #1 Iowa Western in NJCAA Tournament and “wouldn’t want it any other way”

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 1:19 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Postponements were the name of the game for the LCCC Men’s Soccer team.

From air quality, to snow, to COVID-19, the Golden Eagles seemed to deal with it all this season.

“I’d have to say as a coach and as a team we’ve been tested more than I ever have as a coach and this team as well too,” said LCCC Men’s Soccer Head Coach Vince Gibson. “But our motto was: bring it on, throw it our way whatever you’re going to do we’re gonna make it happen, we’re gonna make it work.”

Despite the adversity, LCCC went (8-2-2) this season and won the Region IX Tournament.

Despite this, the Golden Eagles are the lowest seed in the 12-team NJCAA National Tournament.

“We’re just gonna go one game at a time and [treat it like it’s a] championship game for every single team, because we’re the 12-seed,” said Gibson. “We wouldn’t want it any other way. Why not play the number one seed? That’s what we wanna do.”

The national tournament kicks off with pool play, where each team is put in a group of three and those teams play each other. The team with the most points in each “pool” advances to the semifinals.

The Golden Eagles’ first match is against #1 Iowa Western on Saturday.

“On any given day, anyone can win,” said Gibson. “Seeding is just a number, it depends on the team that shows up and plays.”

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