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Women's Soccer Team Wins Region 24 Championship

Article by: Paige Allen,
GODFREY - With a 4-1 win over Parkland College on Nov. 3, the Lewis and Clark Community College women's soccer team claimed the NJCAA Region 24 Championship title.

The Trailblazers now face St. Louis Community College for the district championship title this Friday in St. Louis.

A win against the Archers earns the Trailblazers a spot in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla. Nov. 18-23.

Today's game was good preparation for the Trailblazers.

"Parkland is a good team and Josh (Alford) is a great coach," said Head Coach Tim Rooney. "We knew we had to get goals as soon as we could and stay ahead of them. It worked for us today. We have a team of talented athletes. They want to win and they work hard at it. "

The Trailblazers made two goals in the first half and two in the second half leaving Parkland scoreless until the last minute of the game.

Michelle Pedersen, freshman forward from Copenhagen, Denmark, scored three for the Trailblazers with two assists-one from Miriam Taylor, a freshman from Osage Beach, Mo., and one from Kaitlin Becherer, of Granite City. Taylor scored once in the second half.

"It feels wonderful to win the region championship with my team and I'm very honored to be named player of the year," Pedersen said. "We have a great team and I'm happy to be part of it."

Sophomore Alyssa Meador remembers losing last year during the final round of regional play and was glad today was no repeat.

"We had a really good team last year and lost the region final to Parkland, so we are glad today went our way," said Meador, of St. Peters, Mo. "Our team is just as strong, if not stronger, than last year's. We work well together and will be practicing every day this week to get ready for the district game. We want to win and to play in the national championship."

The Trailblazers and Archers met twice during the regular season with Lewis and Clark prevailing 6-2 on Oct. 15 and winning 3-0 on Sept. 23.

The Trailblazers currently are No. 8 in the nation with an 18-1 record.

The Archers made an appearance in the national championship last year, and are 12-6-2 this season.

Lewis and Clark's men's soccer team won their Region 24 Championship game 3-2 over Lincoln on Friday. They are also one game away from a trip to the national tournament.

The men play Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., in the district championship at noon this Saturday. The winning team will earn a spot in the men's NJCAA Championship tournament in Tyler, Texas Nov. 18-23.