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The men's soccer team (2-7) improved to 2-1 in Northern Athletics Conference play on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Marian College.
Although the Muskies experienced some scoring difficulties earlier in the season, the team has had much better luck recently as they have managed to find the back of the net at least three times during each of the last three games.
"More than anything we are on the same page with each other," said head coach Dave Madsen. "We're figuring out where everyone is on the field and putting forth more effort."
Although Marian managed to tie the score, 1-1, in the 22nd minute off a penalty kick following a Lakeland goal in the 14th minute by junior midfielder Tom Claas, the Muskies soon took control of the game and rattled off three unanswered goals to secure the win.
Sophomore forward Ted Cormier gave the home squad a 2-1 lead heading into the half, while freshman Peter Czajka finished a pass from Claas, and senior forward Scott Kress scored off a penalty kick to extend the lead.
The team kept the ball on Marian's half of the field for the majority of the game and got off 18 shot attempts, eight of which were on goal.
"We've had some struggles in the past in terms of maintaining our intensity for a whole game," said Madsen. "But I thought today we did a really good job of playing hard the whole time."
Although the team has had to do largely without the services of injured veterans senior Sam Schroeder and junior Zach Buchman, some of the younger members of the team have stepped in to make solid impacts. The Muskies now start two freshmen and three sophomores, three of which play significant roles on the offensive end.
"We're working to get healthy," Madsen said. "Overall, we're starting to fight through the injuries and getting the guys back on the field."
Lakeland's next game will be a NAC match-up with Concordia, Wis. on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Muskie Field.