Polk Sets Sights on a National Title



PSC Women's Soccer Loses First Game at Nationals

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 1-0.

"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." more


Polk Women's Soccer Team Sets Sights on a National Title

Offers 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." more