Muskies win fifth straight, move to 5-1 in conference play
Athletics - posted on 10/8/2008
The Lakeland men's soccer team won its fifth consecutive match Wednesday night, overcoming a late goal by Edgewood College for a 3-2 victory in Madison.
The Muskies (6-4 overall, 5-1 NAC) also won their fourth consecutive league contest.
"Last season, we won four of our last six matches, so it's nice that this year we've gotten our wins early," Lakeland head coach David Madsen said. "This really sets the tone and puts us in good position for the rest of the year.
"It really comes down to the willingness of our guys to work hard as well as their attention to detail."
The Muskies took a 3-1 lead just under a minute in the second half when freshman midfielder Adam Benson (Anoka, Minn.) found the back of the net.
The goal proved to be important insurance as the Eagles (5-7, 3-3) cut the deficit to one in the 87th minute. The Muskies held on in the last moments to seal the victory.
"Scoring on the first offensive chance in the second half really
reenergized our guys," Madsen said. "They had several chances to score, but we played very good defense and [freshman goalkeeper] Ross Soukup came up with a couple of big saves."
Soukup, a Plymouth native, finished with six saves for the game.
The Muskies struck first with a goal from junior midfielder Ryan Malo (Beach Park, Ill.) in the 13th minute. Less than 10 minutes later, junior forward Ted Cormier (Green Bay) found the back of the net for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Edgewood converted a penalty kick goal in the 41st minute to close the gap to 2-1 going into the half.
"We knew what we needed to do against this team," Madsen said. "That first goal set the tone, but we let our grip go when we gave up the penalty kick. Eventually, the guys locked in and came through in the end."
The Muskies will look to continue their hot streak this Sunday as they head to Hancock, Mich. to take on Finlandia University. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
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