GRAYSLAKE, Ill.—Waubonsee Community College’s women’s soccer team captured the NJCAA Region IV Division I crown for the third time in the last four years, with a dominating 3-0 victory over the College of Lake County on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Lady Chiefs (16-6) outshot the top-seeded Lancers (17-3) 17-0 on the way to more than make amends for a 2-1 loss to Lake County back on Sept. 14. That defeat eventually cost Waubonsee a second consecutive Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference title, and the top seed in the region.
Waubonsee advances to the Saturday, Nov. 5, NJCAA District D Championship against Delta (Mich.) College in University Center, Mich., beginning at 11 a.m. The winner will move on to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Melbourne, Fla., beginning on Thursday, Nov. 17. Delta (11-3-1) was an upset winner 1-0 in a shootout over 14th-ranked Schoolcraft (Mich.) College for the Region XII title.
In their rematch against the Lancers, with just over a minute before halftime, forward Maxzine Rossler (So./Hinckley-Big Rock) broke a scoreless tie when she drilled a 15-yard shot from the left side into the far, upper right corner of the net to give the Lady Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Midway through the second half, Jessica Alvarez’ (So./Oswego East) ensuing free kick from 20 yards was successful for her 12th score of the season. Ten minutes later Rossler netted her 32nd goal of the year off an assist from Cindy McDonald (So./Willowbrook).
An NJCAA Second Team All-American last season, Rossler is now third nationally in points (79) and goals (32), and is also tied for 13th in assists (15). The Lady Chiefs have also won 11 of their last 12 matches.