Muskies beat Crusaders, earn first victory
Athletics - posted on 10/7/2010
The Lakeland College men's soccer team beat Maranatha Baptist College, 1-0 in Northern Athletics Conference action Thursday evening at Muskie Field.
The Muskies (1-7-4, 1-1-4) earned their first win of the season after junior midfielder Troy Eichenberger (Monticello, Minn.) scored the game winning goal in the 80th minute of the game. Junior forward Ben Koepsell(Cedar Grove, Wis.) had the assist as he played a through ball to Eichenberger. Eichenberger was able to get around the Crusaders' defense and placed the ball to the left of Maranatha's goalkeeper to give the Muskies the lead.
The Crusaders battled to score in the last 10 minutes of the game, but Lakeland's defense prevailed and kept Maranatha scoreless.
Head coach Tony Pierce is happy the team earned their first win as they work their way back into the NAC tournament race.
"It was a tremendous effort by the team," said Pierce. "This was an important game for us to win to keep our NAC tournament hopes alive. It was a necessary win and I'm happy with what we were able to accomplish today.
With today's win, the Muskies made themselves a contender in the NAC race as they move up to sixth place in the conference standings.
Lakeland return to NAC action on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wis. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
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