Fitchett wills Muskies to critical 3-2 victory on Senior Day
Athletics - posted on 10/25/2008
Senior midfielder Kevin Fitchett scored a pair of goals within a two-minute span in the second half to give the Lakeland soccer team a 3-2 win over Benedictine University (5-11-1, 3-6-1 NAC) on Saturday afternoon in a Northern Athletics Conference contest at Lakeland.
The victory also allowed the Muskies (8-6-1, 6-3-1) to move to the fifth slot for inclusion in the NAC Tournament. The top six teams in the conference receive a berth into the tournament.
With the Muskies trailing 2-1, Fitchett struck in the 56th minute to tie the game. Two minutes later, he scored again, this time off an assist from junior midfielder Ryan Malo (Beach Park, Ill.).
"We really came out flat as a unit, which was a little disappointing considering how big of a game this was," Lakeland head coach David Madsen said. "Kevin was then able to take the game and turn it on its head, which has been typical this season. He created both of those goals and Benedictine really didn't have many great chances to score after that."
The Muskies also scored in the 19th minute when Fitchett hooked up with freshman midfielder Adam Benson (Anoka, Minn.), who found the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.
Fitchett, a Green Bay native, as well as midfielder Matt Van Drunen (Kaukauna) and goalkeeper Takumi Yabara (Japan), were honored at halftime for Senior Day. Each player received a framed action photo and team picture and were recognized by Madsen.
The Muskies host Concordia Wisconsin on Tuesday at 3 p.m. for the final regular season game of the season. With a win, the Muskies would qualify for the league tournament. With a loss, the team would need either Edgewood College or Marian University to lose to assure itself of a bid.
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