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The Lakeland College men's soccer team fell to 0-3 in the Northern Athletics Conference following a 5-1 loss to Concordia University, Wis., on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Mequon.
Although the Muskies (0-8 overall) were able to tie the game, 1-1, following a goal by junior midfielder Kevin Fitchett at the 22:12 mark, the Falcons answered right back with their second goal at 22:35.
"As soon as we scored I told the guys we needed to concentrate on the next few minutes and build off the score, and right from the kick-off Concordia had a chance on offense that they put away," said head coach Dave Madsen. "We sat back and let them take the initiative back to us right away. That was frustrating to watch because we had worked hard to get back in it, and I thought we definitely belonged in the game."
Concordia never looked back after going up 2-1, scoring one more goal before half, while Brian Nord netted the final two goals in the second half.
Lakeland endured the Falcons' brutal offensive attack throughout that game, fighting off a total of 21 shot attempts, five of which the Muskies' freshman goalkeeper, Brock Winkler, was able to secure.
"We failed to make a lot of little adjustments, and they were just a step ahead of us the whole game," Madsen said. "We knew what we needed to do, but it was just a matter of carrying it out and being proactive with where we were positioned on the field."
The Muskies will now rest up with a long layoff, as they will not play another game until Thursday, Oct. 4, when they face NAC opponent Maranatha Baptist.
"We have a while to re-group and work on some things now," Madsen said. "If we come out and we show that we're focused and determined for the full 90 minutes, it should be our game to win."
Game time with Maranatha is set for 4 p.m. in Watertown, Wis.