Women's Soccer NCAA Tournament Bound!
November 8, 2003
The Lakeland College Women's Soccer team made history Saturday, November 8th as they earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. The Muskies defeated Concordia WI at Lakeland 3-1, in the LMC Tournament championship game.
Muskie Field was bubbling with soccer excitement today as the Muskies hosted the Falcons of Concordia Univ. (WI) in a tremendous battle for the LMC Tournament Championship and the right to compete in the National Tournament. Lakeland defeated the Falcons in their first meeting this season 3-0 back on October 18th.
Despite some early pressure by the Falcons the Muskies got on the board first. In the 27th minute the combination of Amy Freier (Sheboygan, WI) and Amanda Smith (Neenah, WI) teamed up, as Smith scored on a perfectly placed ball from Freier.
Eight minutes later, senior mid-fielder Amy Herzfeldt (Appleton, WI) knocked home her 12th goal of the season on a blast just inside the falcon's 18-yard box. Herzfeldt's goal would end up to be the game winning goal.
The Muskies had a defensive lapse as they scored an own goal in an attempt to clear the ball. Lakeland took a 2-1 advantage into the intermission.
Lakeland's back line played a solid game led by seniors Michelle Schleh (New Holstein, WI) and Lindsay Olm (Sheboygan, WI) held the Falcons at bay. The Muskies also benefited from outstanding goal keeping by freshman goalkeeper Alli Weiss (New Berlin, WI) as Weiss turned away 14 shots. Weiss only allowed one goal during the LMC Tournament.
In the 88th minute, Smith sealed the deal for the Muskies with her second goal of the game and 31st of the season. The goal made the score 3-1 and that score would hold up giving the Muskies the victory and their first NCAA tournament appearance.
The NCAA will announce the tournament brackets Sunday night, until then the Muskies will enjoy the rewards of their hard work.