Tuesday's ICCAC women's soccer showdown between Iowa Central and Iowa Western turned into a frustrating defeat for the home team.
Stymied offensively for much of the game, the 10th-ranked (NJCAA Div. I) Tritons (10-1 overall, 3-1 in the league) suffered a 4-1 setback to the No. 5 Reivers at Rogers Sports Complex.
"(Iowa Western) came out extremely hungry, and were quicker and more aggressive to the ball than we were (yesterday)," ICCC head coach Christiane Lessa said. "Maybe a loss like this will humble us a little, and help us see what we still need to work on."
After spotting the visitors an early advantage, Iowa Central later knotted the contest on a Josephine Frigerio goal - her 18th of the season - with around 35 minutes remaining in the first half.
Unfazed, Iowa Western jumped back in front at the break, before tacking on two more insurance scores over the last 25:26.
"(At the half), I definitely thought we were going to find a way to come back and win," said Lessa. "We hadn't hardly been scored on yet (the Tritons have registered eight shutouts this season), so hopefully this can be a good way for us to understand some adversity."
Freshman midfielder Rachel Avant also contributed her seventh assist of the year for Iowa Central, which managed just five shots on goal.
Marina Galaz sparked the six-time defending league champion Reivers (8-1-1, 4-0) with a pair of tallies, while Taylor Samsel and Indira Ilic each found the back of the net once. Galaz now ranks third in the country in goals (24).
Looking to rebound, the Tritons - who have outscored their opponents 99-9 on the season - return to action Saturday at Indian Hills (0-9-2, 0-3-1). Start time is set for 2 p.m.