Muskies hang on for 4-3 victory over Ripon
Athletics - posted on 9/21/2008
SHEBOYGAN - Ted Cormier's second goal of the match in the 51st minute proved to be the game-winner as the Lakeland men's soccer team defeated Ripon College 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at
Cormier, a junior forward from Green Bay, gained possession in front of the net off of a deflection and drilled the ball past the goalkeeper to put the Muskies (1-1 Northern Athletics Conference, 2-4 overall) ahead for good.
"Ted really worked hard for us, and he probably could have scored a couple more," Lakeland head coach David Madsen said. "He was a little frustrated in the second half but he was able to work through it."
Cormier also scored in the 31st minute to put the Muskies up 2-1.
"We can play Ted the ball and we know he's going to beat whoever's taking him," senior midfielder Kevin Fitchett said. "He was one goal from a hat trick. I feel like he could get a hat trick
almost every time he steps out there."
Fitchett, a Green Bay native, tied the game for the Muskies in the 48th minute with some sweet ball handling. Fitchett, flanked by two defenders near the left side of the box, made a couple of finesse moves and split the Red Hawk defenders, turning to the inside and ripping a right-footed shot into the back of the net.
"(Senior midfielder) Matt (Van Drunen) found me on the outside," Fitchett said. "I may have gotten a little lucky on the split, but I got through and put it away."
After allowing the Red Hawks (0-2 Midwest Conference, 2-6) to score in the fourth minute, the Muskies tied the game just over 20 minutes later when Fitchett found junior midfielder Ryan Malo (Beach Park, Ill.) on a cross. Malo gave it one touch and sent it past the goalkeeper.
Despite having several chances to score and keeping the ball in front of the Ripon net for a majority of the final 40 minutes, Lakeland was able to protect the lead and hold on for the win.
"We have struggled a little bit this season with playing the full 90 minutes," Madsen said. "We have to work on finding that goal when we get four or five different chances. But the important thing is we closed out a one-goal game, something we haven't done in the past since I've been here."
The Muskies return to action this Saturday to face NAC foe Rockford College at 2 p.m. on Parents' Day at Lakeland.
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