Men's Soccer Shut Out by Whitewater
Athletics - posted on 9/16/2007
The Lakeland College men's soccer team battled through a tough non-conference game with a strong UW-Whitewater squad, but was shut out, 6-0.
The Muskies (0-6) endured an offensive lashing by Whitewater's front line in the first half, in which the Warhawks scored all six of their goals on eight shots.
"I think yesterday's game took a mental toll on us," said head coach Dave Madsen of Saturday's tough 3-1 loss to Concordia University Chicago in their Northern Athletics Conference opener. "I don't think the level of play between the two teams was as far apart as the score showed. I think after they scored the first one, we got frustrated and stopped communicating. Whitewater is a strong team, but some of those goals were more our breakdowns than their creations."
However, despite a disappointing first half, the Muskies were able to step up their defensive efforts in the second half to avoid any further scoring. Freshman goalkeeper Brock Winkler finished the game with two saves, while freshman midfielder Casey Schmidt attempted the squad's only shot of the day.
"I was happy with our second half," Madsen said. "We stuck in strong for the full 90 minutes and created some chances, so now it's just a matter of translating that into some goals."
Lakeland will now buckle down for five NAC games in a row, starting with top-ranked Dominican on Saturday, Sept. 22.
"Dominican will be very similar to Whitewater and will be a good challenge for us," Madsen said. "Hopefully we'll be able to eliminate some of the dangerous situations we're getting ourselves into by going through them this week."
Game time with Dominican is set for 1 p.m. at Muskie Field.
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