Men's Soccer Grabs First Victory of Season over Undefeated Warriors
Athletics - posted on 10/6/2007
The Lakeland College men's soccer team finally notched a mark in the win column on Saturday, Oct. 6, tallying the squad's first win of the season with a 3-1 upset victory over Northern Athletics Conference opponent Wisconsin Lutheran College, who had previously been undefeated in conference play.
"It's a big relief to get this win, and I think it's long overdue for our guys," said head coach Dave Madsen. "The way we dug in and fought hard in the second half was great to see. This was the first time we got a second goal in a game, and I was very glad to see we got more than just one goal today and added the third to extend our lead."
Senior midfielder Zach Buchman knocked in two of the Muskies' (1-9, 1-4 NAC) three goals, with the first goal in the first half off an assist by sophomore forward Ryan Malo and the second off a penalty kick to cap off the scoring. Junior Takumi Yabara, who is normally the Muskies' back-up goalkeeper, came off the bench to tally the game-winning goal in the 42nd minute on an assist by junior midfielder Kevin Fitchett.
"I hadn't really thought of putting him on the field much this year," Madsen said of Yabara. "But we're at that point where we need him. He has the right attitude and he's bringing effort and doing all of the little things right. I may have missed the boat on that earlier, but I don't think I'll miss it again and he'll see some chances to play."
Buchman and his teammates are also equally relieved to earn their first win of the season, giving them a major confidence boost.
"We put too much of a burden on our team trying to do too much to get that win, but today we kept our determination," Buchman said. "We just need to keep building and playing one game at a time. All we can do is go up from here."
Lakeland will look to snag another win in NAC play on Tuesday, Oct. 9, as they face Edgewood College
"They'll be a good challenge, since they'll be fighting for the conference championship this year," Madsen said. "We know we can play with the best, it's just a lot of those little details that we need to follow through on and work hard to get the result."
Game time with Edgewood is set for 4 p.m. at Muskie Field.
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