WATERTOWN, WI – The men’s soccer team played perhaps their most offensively fluid and smooth game of the season, but it was the Lakeland Muskies that scored the go-ahead goal at the 86th minute, to win 2-1, in an evenly matched game on Tuesday afternoon.
“This is the type of game you live for, both teams forcing the other into mistakes, and we missed a couple chances, but they played well,” commented head coach Jeff Pill.
Both teams established an offensive rhythm in the first half with crisp, clean passes and quality shots in the first 15 minutes.
Maranatha had two shots on goal in that time frame before Senior forward Dustin Dolan (Watertown, WI) threaded the needle to Wira Wama, who slipped past two defenders, danced around the goalkeeper and delivered his team-leading, ninth goal of the season, for a 1-0 lead.
The Crusaders dictated play for a majority of the first half with eight shots, two on goal, but just under five minutes into the second half, Lakeland’s Franco Herrera scored a header off a corner kick for the 1-1 tie. The next 40 minutes were defined by quality scoring opportunities as each team had six shots apiece.
Wama sailed a shot high at the 73rd minute and a minute later, Tim Rogers (Willmar, MN) took a shot just right of the goal. But with just four minutes remaining in the game, Lakeland’s Mirko Tadic weaved his way through traffic and buried the game-winning goal off of a rebound.
Wama followed up the goal with a header shot that hit the goal post at the 88th minute, but Maranatha lost just its fifth game of the season, dropping to 8-5 overall.
“I feel very good about having played good, intelligent soccer as we’ve matched our opponents these past few games. We want to get into a rhythm for what we feel like are going to be some similar games against Concordia on Thursday, and Great Lakes on Saturday,” remarked Pill.
The team plays Concordia Chicago on Thursday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. in Chicago, IL