Reivers get revenge on MCC soccer

COUNCIL BLUFFS – The Marshalltown Community College men’s soccer team ended Iowa Western’s run of national tournament appearances when the Tigers prevailed in last year’s NJCAA Division I Region XI championship match.

The Reivers, at long last, got their revenge.

Iowa Western, ranked third in the nation, peppered the MCC net with a landslide of shots and remained undefeated with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Tigers in Wednesday’s ICCAC opener for both squads.

Marshalltown (4-2-1, 0-1-0) managed just five shots – none of which were on goal – and could not withstand a Reivers squad likely bent on avenging their only loss of the 2012 campaign. It was a defeat that denied Iowa Western its third straight trip to nationals.

On Wednesday, Andres Irvin, Dayvin Palmer and Robel Yemane each scored goals as the Reivers improved to 7-0-0 overall with the conference triumph in a physical rematch. The two teams combined for 28 fouls and MCC was tagged with four yellow cards.

Irvin, who led all players with four shots, got the first tally when he redirected a direct kick with his head for the icebreaking goal nearly 40 minutes into the match.

Palmer and Yemane both scored in the second half for the Reivers, who outshot MCC 22-5. Marshalltown goalkeeper Julian Pena registered five saves on Iowa Western’s eight shots on goal.

The Tigers had a goal waved off in the second half when Hernan Lopez’s header found the back of the net, but he was whistled offside on the free kick from Juan Carillo.

With its four-game road trip behind it, Marshalltown is back at home on Saturday for a 1 p.m. showdown with Scott CC. The Tigers swept Scott by a combined 6-1 score last season.