Muskies fight back in 2nd half to defeat Ripon
Athletics - posted on 9/15/2009
The Lakeland men's soccer team that was playing its third game in four days without its top offensive weapon showed up for the first 60 minutes of Tuesday afternoon's match at Ripon.
The Muskies, however, recovered in the final 30 minutes, scoring two goals in a 12-minute span to defeat the Red Hawks 2-1 in a non-conference contest.
Freshman forward Jake Kleinschmidt (Neenah, Wis.) posted both goals to lead the Muskies (2-1-1, 1-0 Northern Athletics Conference), serving as the primary offensive force in place of injured senior Ryan Malo.
Lakeland tied the match in the 64th minute as sophomore Craig Dekarske (Sheboygan, Wis.) put it through to Kleinschmidt, who beat the goalkeeper one-on-one.
Kleinschmidt scored the game winner in the 75th after freshman Jake Belknap (Menasha, Wis.) and sophomore Adam Benson (Anoka, Minn.) set up Kleinschmidt nicely with a cross.
"We started off really slow, then finally started to play and create some chances with about 30 minutes left in the game," Lakeland coach David Madsen said. "That first goal kind of sparked us to life."
Ripon (1-3-1) took a 1-0 advantage in the 35th minute after Jeff Teigen converted on a penalty kick.
"We weren't very sharp in the first half, but I'm glad we fought through a poor first half and still found a way to win the game," Madsen said.
Freshman goalkeeper Alex Piekarski (Menasha, Wis.) made six saves for Lakeland in his first career start.
The Muskies return to the field this Saturday in a NAC showdown against Concordia Chicago. Match time is set for 2:30 on Parents' Day at Lakeland.
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