PSC Women's Soccer Loses First Game at
The Polk State College women's soccer team gave up two
second-half goals to fall to Johnson County Community College of
Kansas, 2-1, Thursday in the National Junior College Athletic
Association's national championships in Tyler, Texas.
The Vikings (13-1-0) were full of nerves but led the first half
"We fell short even though we scored first," said Polk coach
Bill Read. "We couldn't even find our own players in the first
15 minutes. It was a nervous game, then we settled down and
started playing our own ball game and executed."
Polk Women's Soccer Team Sets Sights on a National Title
of parties, parade appearances and recognition by city commissions have
already been made to Polk State's women's soccer team, which is ranked No. 1
in the nation.
However, only a security guard was at Polk State College's Lakeland campus
at 3 a.m.,on Wednesday when the team left for the airport on its way to the
National Junior College Athletic Association's national soccer championships
for the second time in three years.
All was fairly quiet other than the closing of car doors and the talking of
some players as the team boarded a bus which would take them to the Orlando
airport for their flight that would eventually take them to Tyler Texas.
The Polk State coaching staff didn't want a big send off.
No one wants to jinx the squad.
"I'd rather win it all and then have a big hoo-ha than come back with our
tail between our legs after a big hoo-ha," said Polk State College women's
soccer coach Bill Read. "We have to win three games to be national champs.
It's not easy. Some-odd 228 teams vie for those final eight spots."