Men's Soccer Falls to Warriors in First NAC Game
Athletics - posted on 9/16/2006
The men's soccer team (0-5) dropped their first Northern Athletics Conference game of the season 2-0 to Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday in Milwaukee.
Despite a team total of 17 shot attempts the Muskies couldn't seem to find the back of the goal, partially due to several clutch saves by Warrior goaltender, Eric Van Dixhorn.
However, the Muskies' defensive line and junior goalie Ryan Condon were able to hold Wisconsin Lutheran scoreless in the first half, with Condon tallying 13 saves for the game.
In the first half, the teams were just feeling each other out," said head coach Dave Madsen. "We created chances to score, but we were just having some trouble getting into the attacking third of the field."
The 0-0 stalemate was quickly broken in the second half by a Warrior goal in the 51st minute of play, followed by their second goal a few minutes later.
"On the first goal, we got kind of lazy on a set play," said Madsen. "We reacted well to it and were pushing forward, then had a penalty kick that didn't go in. Normally you expect to get those, but their goalkeeper came up with a fantastic save."
The squad saw another prime scoring opportunity come to nothing later on, as freshman Adam Lee served a ball to sophomore Kevin Fitchett, which the Warrior's Van Dixhorn managed to keep clear of the net.
"We had our chances to score, it's just frustrating that we couldn't," said Madsen. "We've tried moving a few guys around, but it's hard to find the team continuity while you are getting guys used to their roles and working together."
The squad will have their hands full in their next game on Tuesday, September 19, as they square off Madsen's alma mater, UW-Whitewater.
"They'll be a strong team and a challenge," he said of Whitewater. "But if our guys play their best, they could surprise some people."
Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. in Whitewater, Wis.
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