Lakeland outlasted in double overtime
Athletics - posted on 9/27/2009
SHEBOYGAN - The Lakeland men's soccer team surrendered two goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation on Sunday afternoon, allowing St. Mary's to tie the game en route to a 3-2 loss in two overtimes.
The Muskies (3-4-1 overall, 2-1 Northern Athletics Conference) appeared to have control of the match after taking a 2-0 advantage in the 63rd minute. Sophomore midfielder Adam Benson (Anoka, Minn.) converted a penalty kick after senior forward Ryan Malo (Beach Park, Ill.) drew a foul just in front of the Cardinals' net.
However, St. Mary's (4-4-1) narrowed the deficit with a score in the 77th minute and tied the game in the 89th after a Lakeland turnover deep in its own zone.
"We're just doing what's good enough right now," Lakeland coach David Madsen said. "We built ourselves a good lead and played well for a half, but decided not to put them to work in the second half."
The Cardinals' Brian Neu scored the game-winner off a rebound in the 105th minute, sending a stunned Lakeland team to its third non-conference setback of the year.
"I give (St. Mary's) credit," Madsen said. "They're a good team, and if you give them chances, they're going to punish you, and they did."
Lakeland posted the first goal of the game in the ninth minute, when freshman Jake Belknap (Menasha, Wis.) found sophomore Ben Koepsell (Cedar Grove, Wis.) in the middle of the box.
Koepsell is now tied for the team lead with four goals on the season.
Freshman goalkeeper Alex Piekarski (Menasha, Wis.) registered five saves for the Muskies in his third start of the year.
Lakeland begins a three-match, conference road swing with a contest at Concordia, Wis., this Tuesday. Match time is set for 4 p.m. in Mequon, Wis.
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