Catch This - LMC Soccer Tournament and IBFC Playoff Race At Lakeland
Athletics - posted on 10/24/2005
The fall sports seasons are winding down, and that means that some big games are on the line this week.
The Lake Michigan Conference soccer tournaments kick off this weekend, and the Lakeland football team can earn the Illini-Badger Football Conference's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in school history with a win this week.
The action begins Friday afternoon when the men's soccer team, the third seed in the tournament, hosts Maranatha Baptist, the tournament's No. 7 seed.
When the two teams met earlier this season on Sept. 24, freshman Ted Cormier scored two goals and senior Joe Silverberg recorded a shutout in the Muskies' 5-0 win over the Crusaders.
The women, who enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed, also draw Maranatha. They will surely hope their first round game, scheduled for Saturday, ends with a similar result as the regular season match between these two teams did, as Lakeland recorded a 2-0 victory.
The women are currently on a six-game winning streak, and junior goalkeeper Alli Weiss has only allowed one goal in that stretch.
Finally, the Lakeland football team plays host to Aurora University at 1 p.m. on Saturday. With a win, the Muskies can clinch the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Coming off a 68-14 win over Concordia, Ill., and just two weeks removed from a Cheese Bowl win over Concordia, Wis., the Muskies will look to stifle Aurora, much like they did in last year's 14-13 victory over the Spartans.
Aurora, which shared the conference title with Lakeland and Concordia, Wis., last season and gained the IBFC's playoff bid through a tiebreaker last year, is coming off a 27-7 win over Eureka.
Come support your Muskies as all three teams try to extend their seasons by making NCAA tournament appearances.
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