Men's Soccer Falls to IIT in Rough and Tumble Match
Athletics - posted on 9/1/2005
The Muskie men's soccer team dropped a disappointing game to the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Scarlet Hawks by a score of 2-1. Pedro Lima scored in the second minute and Victor Pano scored in the 39th minute for the Scarlet Hawks, giving them a two goal half-time lead.
In the 67th minute freshman Gabriel Hernandez-Garcia put the Muskies on the board, but the two goal lead was just too much to overcome.
"We're still trying to find our identity as a team," said head coach Marc Colwell. "It is unfortunate that it took us until 15 minutes left to go in the game before putting a sense of urgency into it. We got some good opportunities and it was a good physical game. We have a lot of positives that we can take away from this game."
The Muskies struggled early as IIT controlled the ball the entire first half, out shooting Lakeland nine to one. After going up one Pano was able to head in a corner kick in the 39th minute putting the Eagles up by a score of 2-0. Senior Joe Silverberg made some outstanding saves in the first half to keep the Muskies in the game.
"Joe (Silverberg) played well for us in the back," said Colwell. "We expect him to play well for us this season."
In the second half the Muskies started to play together and put pressure on IIT with Hernandez-Garcia finally breaking through on a direct kick about 20-yards out in the 39th minute.
"I was able to get a curve on the ball and it went into the corner," said Hernandez-Garcia.
Lakeland was able to record five shots with all being on goal in the game that featured six yellow cards, including four in the second half.
The Muskies will head to Marietta Ohio for the Marietta Classic Cup on Saturday and Sunday. They will than return home to face Rockford College at 5:00pm on September 7.
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