Lakeland recovers to snag overtime win
Athletics - posted on 10/8/2009
After surrendering a game-tying goal in the 90th minute, the Lakeland men's soccer team regained its composure to close out a 2-1 overtime victory at Maranatha Baptist in a Northern Athletics Conference match on Thursday night.
Lakeland sophomore Jeremy Hardy (Cooks, Mich.) scored the game-winner in the final seconds of overtime. Hardy beat his man on the dribble and put it past the goalkeeper to give the Muskies (5-5-1 overall, 4-2 NAC) their second straight road win.
"It was a frustrating end to regulation, because we had several chances to clear the ball and we couldn't do it," Lakeland coach David Madsen said. "But Jeremy had a nice goal to finish the game off, and we got an important three points in the conference standings."
Lakeland kept the offensive pressure on in the first half, out-shooting the Crusaders (4-5, 1-4) 11-5 during the frame.
Sophomore Ben Koepsell (Cedar Grove, Wis.) tallied his team-leading sixth goal in the 35th minute to give the Muskies a 1-0 advantage. Freshman Thomas Grams (Milwaukee, Wis.) put a pass through to Koepsell, who found the back of the net.
In the second half, Maranatha Baptist ripped off 15 shots to Lakeland's four.
"We really labored in the second half after putting them under pressure right away in the first," Madsen said. "We took our foot off the pedal and could have finished the game sooner."
Sophomore goalkeeper Ross Soukup (Plymouth, Wis.) saved three shots for Lakeland.
The Muskies host Wisconsin Lutheran this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend at Lakeland.
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