Lakeland falls to No. 8 North Park
Athletics - posted on 9/21/2009
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland men's soccer team put together a strong effort, but was downed 4-1 by eighth-ranked North Park in a non-conference battle at Lakeland.
The Muskies tallied their first goal of the game in the 61st minute when sophomore Adam Benson (Anoka, Minn.) found sophomore Bobby Rublee (Sheboygan, Wis.) at the opposite post on a free kick. Rublee leaped in the air and headed the ball past the diving goalkeeper to bring Lakeland to within 3-1.
North Park (6-2) responded four minutes later, however, to regain a three-goal advantage.
The Muskies (3-2-1, 2-0 Northern Athletics Conference) hung with the Vikings for much of the first period, but surrendered goals at the beginning of the half (3rd minute) and the end of the half (43rd, 44th) to fall behind 3-0.
"It was frustrating because I think we gave (North Park) a little too much respect," Lakeland coach David Madsen said. "In that sense, we just weren't taking care of some of those details that we needed to ... the bottom line is we needed to be more assertive in the first half."
The Muskies had several scoring opportunities in the second half, including a near breakaway for senior Ted Cormier and a shot by sophomore Jeremy Hardy that hit the crossbar.
The Vikings controlled possession for much of the game, and out-shot Lakeland 23-9 for the contest and 17-1 in the first half.
"North Park is a good team - they played hard from start to finish," Madsen said. "It's a good lesson for our guys to learn, that when we tried to, we were playing with them and getting some chances to score."
Sophomore goalkeeper Ross Soukup (Plymouth, Wis.) posted nine saves for the Muskies.
Lakeland returns to conference play on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against three-time defending NAC champion Dominican at home.
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