Lakers handle Central 1-0, fall to Northeast 3-2

Sunday, September 10, 2017

From the minute the whistle blew the Iowa Lakes men’s soccer team dominated their game with Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska last Wednesday for the whole 90 minutes. The Lakers had numerous opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net early in the game, but they didn’t fall in.

In the 72nd minute Able Gebrekiros beat a line of two defenders and played Charlie Hackshall on top of the six-yard box who scored the game winner to give the Lakers the win.

“Sometimes you have to dig deep in games to get the result, and today was one of those days,” Iowa Lakes men’s soccer coach Ben MacRae said. “Good sides win games when they are not playing their best. I thought the final balls were not good enough today, and if we are going to do well in our conference this year, they have to be better. Saying all that, it is great to go into conference play on the back of two wins.

The Lakers opened conference play Saturday against Northeast Community College, falling 3-2 at home despite outshooting the Hawks 21-6.

Rian Marques converted on a penalty kick early in the game to put the Lakers up 1-0. The Hawks had goals from Tiago Da Costa and Anthony Kosch to give them the lead 2-1. Levi Heholt scored the second goal for the Lakers to tie the game 2-2. Late in the game Sebastian Besores hit the game winner to give the Hawks the victory 3-2.

“Today, we were just not good enough. Although we had 21 shots on goal to their six, you have to put your chances away in this league,” MacRae said. “We gave the ball away at the back too easily and were punished for it. We now have an uphill challenge to get ourselves back in contention for the conference. We will look at video and see if we can take some positives out of the game. I’m going to learn a lot about the boys come Wednesday as we will see if they can rebound from this disappointing loss.”

The Lakers will next travel to NIACC on Wednesday for a non-conference meeting.

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