Men's soccer to face Edgewood in NAC Tournament
Athletics - posted on 10/31/2009
The Lakeland men's soccer team hopes to improve on last season's showing in the first round of the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament at third-seeded Edgewood this Sunday at 12 p.m.
The Muskies (8-9-1 overall, 6-5 NAC), who are the tournament's No. 6 seed, fell behind 2-0 in under 25 minutes last season at Aurora, and were unable to recover in a 3-1 loss.
This season, Lakeland players and coaches believe they can improve on that showing and advance to a semifinal match at No. 1 Dominican on Wednesday.
"We have more to prove coming into this year's tournament," Lakeland coach David Madsen said. "We're coming off back-to-back losses, but we've shown we're capable of beating teams in our conference."
Edgewood (11-4-3, 8-2-1) enters post-season play with just one loss in its last six matches. The Eagles' top two goal-scorers, seniors Andriy Apetrey and Jerrid Dokey, are ranked first and second, respectively, in the league in goals per game.
"Edgewood has good attacking players, and they are good on the ball and moving without the ball," Madsen said. "We need to make sure we keep things in front of us defensively, because they can attack from many positions."
In the lone contest between the two teams during regular season play, the Eagles scored a pair of goals during a 10-minute span to defeat the Muskies 3-2 at Lakeland on Oct. 13.
The Muskies held a 2-1 advantage after a goal by Rodolfo "Tito" Sosa in the 53rd minute before Edgewood struck in the 66th and 74th minutes.
"We had a lead and let it slip away," Madsen said. "I'm hoping this time, the guys come out with some fire and play with something to prove."
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