Men's Soccer Secures NAC Tourney Spot
Athletics - posted on 10/27/2007
The Lakeland College men's soccer team got the job done against Benedictine University on Saturday, Oct. 27, winning 4-1 in its final regular season Northern Athletics Conference game in Lisle, Ill. The win ensures the Muskies the sixth and final spot in the NAC Tournament.
However, the victory didn't come without a scare for Lakeland (4-13, 4-6 NAC), as the Eagles were the first to score in the game, going up 1-0 before the half on a goal in the 15th minute.
Lakeland would recover in the second half, scoring all four of its goals to take the game. Senior midfielder Zach Buchman got the scoring started early in the half on an assist from junior midfielder Kevin Fitchett. The squad then went on to score three goals between the 75th and 85th minutes, with Fitchett knocking in two of them on assists from freshman Casey Schmidt and junior Carroll Devlin. Freshman Ben Wempner tallied the other goal on an assist from sophomore Ryan Malo.
"We came out kind of flat mentally," said head coach Dave Madsen. "But in the second half we played strong, and after we got the game-tying goal I sensed that we were going to take hold of the game.
"Our guys have had a tough year, and we have had our backs against the wall many times, but I think our effort today shows our fighting spirit and that we can do what we need to do to take care of business."
Lakeland will now face the No. 3 seed, Edgewood College, on Monday, Oct. 29, in the quarterfinal game in Madison, Wis. The Muskies fell to Edgewood, 7-3, earlier this month, but have proven in the past that tough games bring out the best in them.
"We enjoy a good challenge," Madsen said. "It was a goal of ours to get into the conference tournament this year, so I hope we can take advantage of the opportunity and get a win out of it."
Game time with Edgewood to be announced.
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