Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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Monroe CC Sails Past Lake County 7-0; Iowa Western Next

November 13, 2012 - Monroe County Community College freshman Natalie Roger scored in the first 25 seconds on Tuesday and her teammates never let up, defeating College of Lake County 7-0 on Tuesday on the second day of the NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship Tournament at Melbourne Central Catholic.

Monroe, seeded sixth improved to 18-1 with its 18th straight victory and plays third-seeded Iowa Western Community College at 2 p.m. Wednesday for a berth in Friday's semifinals.

The 10th-seeded College of Lake County fell to 16-2-1 and was eliminated.

Sophomore Jori Semrau scored Monroe's second goal at the 35:10 mark as the Tribunes continually pressed Lake County and freshman goalkeeper Chelsea Knaack.

But Knaack's acrobatics, agility and acumen couldn't stem the Monroe tide as a Lake County own goal under pressure at the 5:47 mark made it 3-0.

"The game was exciting, we just went in and played as hard as we could and put the goals in the back of the net," Semrau said. "We're moving on to the next one.

"It was a great feeling scoring really quick. All of us were pretty nervous so that helped get our nerves settled down. We were ready for it."

Monroe struck quickly again early in the second half for the 6-0 lead with goals from Roger, Jessica Riggall and Kaylen O'Brien.

Sophomore Taylor Wingerden capped Monroe's scoring for the final 7-0 margin.

Monroe head coach Sal Galvano's summation of his team's effort was straightforward.

"We're deep, we played simple and composed," he said. "Most of our games we score in the first five minutes so I was not totally surprised to score in the first minute. That's what we've been known for all year. Score early and score often."

As for Wednesday's game: "Tomorrow's a different game," Galvano said. "Iowa Western, we've got a lot of respect for them. We've got a little tradition with them. They beat us. We beat them. It goes back and forth. It's going to be a good match for sure. A quality opponent."

For Lake County head coach Saverio Traversa, it was the experience that resonated.

"We had a great time," he said. "Now we have to look forward to next year to come back. This is huge. This is our first time. These girls made history in our school. It's going to be a huge thing for us for recruiting."