Men's Soccer Unable to Break 2-2 Tie Against Wisconsin Lutheran
Athletics - posted on 10/4/2005
The Lakeland Muskies came out firing on Tuesday, Oct. 4, but it wasn't enough as they ended in a 2-2 draw against the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors. In the 61st minute sophomore Chris Christopherson found freshman midfielder Gabriel Hernandez Garcia who was able to put the ball into the back of the right corner to tie the game 2-2 for Lakeland.
"Wisconsin Lutheran put the work in defensively and it was a testament to them," said head coach Marc Colwell. "They had an idea and a strategy of what they wanted to do and they executed it. We created chance upon chance but they were able to keep us out. They did the job and they put the work in, we have to be able to put teams away. Those are the kinds of teams by this point in the season that we need to put away and hopefully we're going to figure out how to soon."
In a game that saw Lakeland take 34 shots and peppered sophomore goaltender Eric VanDixhorn with 19 shots on goal, the Warriors got on the board first when junior midfielder Owen Schmidt grabbed the ball at center field and dribbled all the way down the field and netted a goal by kicking the ball to the left side of an outstretched senior goalkeeper in Joe Silverberg.
Just like the first half Lakeland came out firing in the second and this time it paid off when Lakeland crossed the ball into the box, and freshman Kevin Fitchett stole the ball from a defender and finished the shot to tie it up 1-1 just one minute and seven seconds into the second half.
As has been the problem on several occasions for the Mukies they give up a quick goal right after they score. Just over a minute later senior James Challe crossed the ball from the corner, the ball hit a Lakeland foot and bounced into the back of the net.
"We have to keep our focus," said Colwell. "There are times where we have the confidence to go at a team, and other times we take a team lightly and lose focus. We still have some young players and we are still figuring ourselves out. It has happened a couple times were we have scored one and than given one right back and we have to figure out how to have that focus for 90 minutes."
Both goaltenders played 120 minutes with Silverberg registering three saves and his counterpart on the other end of the field, VanDixhorn, tallying 17 saves.
"We created a lot of chances tonight," said Colwell. "We're not scoring though and that has to be the final thing. We need to put the ball in the net and we don't have guys that can do that on a consistent basis. It is great to create chances but when it came down to it they kept us out of the net. All those other stats don't matter the only stat that matters is the score and it was 2-2."
The Muskies are back in action on October 8 when they travel to Marian for another LMC match-up at 1p.m.
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