Muskies hang on to snap four-match losing streak
Athletics - posted on 10/4/2009
A penalty kick sailed wide of the net in the 89th minute, helping the Lakeland men's soccer team hang on for a 2-1 Northern Athletics Conference victory on Sunday afternoon at Rockford.
With the win, the Muskies (4-5-1 overall, 3-2 NAC) snapped a four-match losing skid.
The team also avoided a loss in a match eerily similar to its match against St. Mary's one week ago, when the Muskies squandered a 2-0 lead in the last 15 minutes of the second half and lost in overtime.
"We weren't creative enough to solve our problems," Lakeland coach David Madsen said. "We created some chances but didn't finish well."
Sophomore midfielder Ben Koepsell (Cedar Grove, Wis.) posted his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 17th minute, assisted by sophomore midfielder Adam Benson (Anoka, Minn.).
Lakeland took a two-goal advantage in the 54th, when sophomore Bobby Rublee (Sheboygan, Wis.) found senior forward Ted Cormier (Green Bay, Wis.) for his first goal of the season.
After surrendering a goal in the 81st minute, Lakeland committed a costly foul in the final minutes, but the Muskies caught a stroke of luck with the missed PK.
"We did close the game out, but we missed several opportunities to hold onto the ball and take control of the match," Madsen said.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ross Soukup (Plymouth, Wis.) finished with four saves for the contest.
Lakeland closes out a three-match road swing this Thursday at Maranatha Baptist at 4 p.m. in Watertown, Wis.
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