Muskies Fall To Grinnell In NCAA Tournament First Round
Athletics - posted on 11/9/2005
GRINNELL, Iowa - The Lakeland women's soccer team led early, but host Grinnell battled back and beat the Muskies 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Both teams battled through rough conditions, as winds gusted to 40 miles per hour.
The Muskies, who finish the season 14-5-2, pressured Grinnell in the opening seven minutes of the game, and scored off a corner kick. Team captain and senior Briana Plautz's corner kick was controlled by sophomore Marie Reynolds, who passed to senior Ann Lehecka for a shot that slipped under the cross bar for her eighth goal of the season and an early 1-0 lead for Lakeland.
The Pioneers tied the game just two minutes later when senior Rachel Moskowitz's corner kick was taken by freshman Rebecca Mackenzie, who scored on a header past a diving Alli Weiss, Lakeland's junior goalie.
Grinnell took a 2-1 lead with 18:05 left in the first half when senior Kara Moskowitz fired a shot from about 23 yards out that found its way over the outstretched arms of Weiss. Weiss, who registered 12 saves in the game, made several key stops in the closing minutes of the second half to keep the score within one.
With just over 25 minutes left to play in the game, Weiss deflected a shot by sophomore Hanna Sayle. But a few minutes later, Grinnell's constant pressure paid off when freshman Gabi Maldonado-Bell's shot from 18 yards out on the right side gave the Pioneers' a 3-1 lead.
The Muskies managed just three shots in the game, all coming in the first period, while Grinnell had 29 shots.
"We obviously came up short today, but we came up with the first goal," said Lakeland head coach Marc Colwell. "We thought we could get another one, but they had a quick goal back to tie it up. It was at their place on the road. They were the better team today. They got the goals. We were not able to sustain much on the attack. Our seniors Susan (Webb), Nicki (Willes) and Bri did a good job. We are a young team and we will definitely be back."
The game marked Lakeland's second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
"I'm just so proud of the girls this whole season," Colwell said. "We struggled early in the season, but we found our confidence and played well as a team the remainder of the season. What really carried us though was the girls working so hard."
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