COUNCIL BLUFFS — Even without the conference player of the year in its lineup, the Iowa Western women’s soccer keeps chugging on.

The fifth-rated Reivers claimed their 11th straight Iowa Community College Athletic Conference title Sunday with a 4-0 home win over Iowa Central.

Sophomore Laura Chavez, the ICCAC player of the year, sat out with a concussion, but coach Adam Sanchez’s club ran its win streak to 13 matches in convincing fashion.

“The strength of this team is they’re just so deep,’’ Sanchez said. “We’ve got other players that are going to step up.’’

Freshman Kauany Sousa from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, notched a hat trick to lead the offense, as the Reivers advanced to Friday’s 2 p.m. Great Lakes District title match back at the Reiver Sports Complex against Western Wyoming (13-6-1), which upset No. 17 Laramie County 1-0. Iowa Western will be seeking its ninth trip to the national tournament, including its sixth in the last seven years.

Sanchez’s squad had dispatched Iowa Central 8-1 during the regular season, but he said it prepared for a tightly contested match.

“We were very unconcerned about the (previous) score, because we know when we get to championship matches, games are tighter,’’ he said. “I was proud how we executed our game plan. We wanted to make sure that they knew we were going to dictate the tempo and rhythm of the game, which is what we did last time. I thought we did that right from the start.’’

Iowa Western exploited some space in the seventh minute, with Sousa scoring off an Alex Boss assist. It scored on a set piece in the 16th minute, with Blanca Osario finding Veronica Herrera on the back post, where Herrera redirected it in. Sousa also scored in the 36th minute on an excellent pass from defender Estefania Cardoni, and again in the 90th minute to up her season total to 25 goals.

Chavez said Sioux City East product Paola Ochoa played well in a variety of positions, and added that Boss thrived in place of Chavez. Whitney Dockweiler, a Bellevue West graduate, earned her 12th shutout of the season.

The celebration was subdued, the Iowa Western coach said.

“They just want to get to the national tournament, and yesterday was just a step in the right direction, but they didn’t reach their goal yet,’’ he said. “Their mindset is on Western Wyoming, their mindset is on a district championship and punching their ticket to the national tournament.’’

Iowa Central (13-3).............0 0 — 0

Iowa Western (15-2)...........3 1 — 4

Goals: IW, Kauany Sousa 3, Veronica Herrera. Assists: Alex Boss, Blanca Osario, Estefania Cardona.

Chavez, Sanchez earn ICCAC soccer honors

Iowa Western forward Laura Chavez, a sophomore out of Bogota, Colombia, has

been named the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference player of the year, and Adam Sanchez of the Reivers has been named the league’s coach of the year.

Chavez has a league-best 28 assists to go with 13 goals.

“She loves making her teammates look better,’’ Sanchez said of Chavez. “I think she likes getting assists more than she likes scoring.’’

Iowa Western, which finished 9-0 in Region XI play, added three others to the all-region first team: sophomore goalkeeper Whitney Dockweiler, sophomore defender Veronica Herrera and freshman forward Kauany Sousa.

Four more Reivers made the second team: sophomores Paige Moser and Ashley Overberg, and freshmen Moriah Lucas and Paola Ochoa. Two others made the honorable mention list: sophomores Alex Boss and Jessica Curtis.

On the men’s side, sophomore Vincente Gallardo of Iowa Western made first-team all-region, while sophomore Massimo Baron earned second-team honors and sophomores Tanner Miller and Jaaziel Thompson picked up honorable mention.

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