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The Lakeland men's soccer team matched its offensive output from four days ago, scoring five goals in the first 90 minutes, but a goal from Beloit midway into overtime would prove to be the difference as the Muskies fell in overtime, 6-5, Wednesday night at Strong Stadium in Beloit.
The Muskies, who have scored 10 goals in their last two games, entered halftime trailing 3-1, with the lone goal coming from freshman midfielder Adam Benson (Anoka, Minn.).
"I felt that we came out slow today, it looked like a mid-week game," said Lakeland head coach Dave Madsen. "I don't think we played poorly in the first half, but we were slow to make adjustments."
Lakeland would storm out after halftime to score the next four goals of the contest, including three in the first 15 minutes. A pair were scored by senior midfielder Kevin Fitchett (Green Bay), along with goals from juniors Ryan Malo (Beach Park, Ill.) and Ted Cormier (Green Bay).
"We woke up after halftime," said Madsen. "It was a roller-coaster of a match, we were up and down, but we fought hard to get back in the second half."
Beloit closed out regulation with a pair of goals in the final six minutes, tying the match on a penalty kick. A Buccaneer goal 7 minutes and 58 seconds into the extra session sealed the Beloit victory.
"We need to simplify the game," said Madsen. "I felt that we made too many unforced mistakes and gave up more opportunities than we should have."
Lakeland (1-3, 1-0) returns to conference play this Saturday against Dominican University at 1 p.m. in River Forest, Ill.