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The soccer program rebounded from their first loss of the season by winning the 2005 Marietta Classic Cup in an exciting fashion. In the first match against Pitt Greensburg, the team won in shoot-outs to advance to the championship match. They followed that performance up with a dramatic overtime victory over Kenyon to seal the tournament championship. The Muskies also had four players named to the All-Tournament Team, including senior Joe Silverberg who was named Most Valuable Player. Also named to the All-Tournament Team was sophomore Chris Christopherson, senior Ryan Holl, and junior Corey Petzold.
"Our confidence right now is tremendous, to win on a golden goal and advance into and win a championship game," said coach Colwell. "It is good experience for us to have that close game and to have penalty kicks in the first game as well. Confidence wise it is going to be a great boost to the guys leading into the conference season."
On Saturday, the Muskies battled Pitt Greensburg. After a scoreless first half sophomore Zach Buchman had a one-on-one with the Pitt Greensburg goaltender, after receiving a pass from freshman Kevin Fitchett, that he was able to put in the back of the net to give the Muskies a 1-0 lead. Less than 20 minutes later Pitt Greensburg was able to knot the game at 1-1 after scoring a goal of their own, thus forcing a tie at the end of regulation. After playing 90 minutes and two golden goal overtime periods with the game still a 1-1 tie the teams went to a shootout. The in the shootout both teams made their first five shots with Petzold, Zach Buchman, junior Sam Schroeder, Christopherson, and Holl scoring. Pitt Greensburg also converted on all five of their attempts sending the shoot-out to sudden death. Coach Colwell would send two freshmen to attempt the penalty kicks for Lakeland with both Seth Walsdorf and Doua Vang burying their shots. The tournament MVP stepped up in almost complete darkness and saved the seventh shot by Pitt Greensburg allowing the Muskies to advance to the championship game.
"We were up 1-0 and than we gave up kind of a soft shot," said coach Colwell. "We had a number of breakaways were we went one-on-one with a defender or one-on-one with their keeper, and we got a lot of guys in with a lot of different looks."
On Sunday, against Kenyon with 7:30 left in the first half junior Sam Schroeder scored to the lower right hand side of the goal.
"Corey Petzold had a great tournament for us," said coach Colwell. "He served the ball on diagonal 35 to 40 yards and Schroeder buried it in the back of the net on a header. It was a tremendous goal."
As time was winding down in the second half it appeared that the Muskies were on their way to victory in the championship match until C.P. Waite put a rebound off of freshman keeper Chris Lee into the back of the net tying the score. Four minutes and 17 seconds into the overtime period freshman Ted Cormier gave the Muskies the championship as he scored a goal off of his corner kick.