Lincoln, IL — For the second year in a row, the Lincoln College men’s soccer team beat Illinois Central College in the Region 24 Tournament Championship.
The Lynx are off to the District Final once again and one more step closer to another NJCAA National Tournament. Lincoln is currently ranked number #13 in the Nation in the latest NJCAA Poll.
The Lynx won the Region 24 tournament final 4-3. Lincoln opened the scoring in the 4th minute of the match when Edwin Moalosi crossed a ball to Junior Milien who hit a left footed volley to far post. The game would stay 1-0 all the way to the halftime mark with both teams getting quality chances but neither being able to capitalize.
The start of the second half saw Lincoln score in the 2nd minute of play when Anders Fegri hit a left footed shot around an outstretched keeper on a corner kick. ICC would score on a set piece 10 minutes from outside the box. However, Lincoln didn’t let it slow them down as they got on back on the scoreboard a few minutes later when Edwin Moalosi found a wide open net on a counter attack after dribbling past the keeper.
Lincoln would get their 4th goal from Julio Velasquez when he whipped a corner kick into far post. With 4 minutes left it looked like a win was in the bag for the Lynx when ICC scored on a long shot from 30 out. ICC would keep the pressure on and score their 3rd goal with 1:27 left in the match. The Lynx were able to hold them off to win back to back regional championships going 11-0 in region play and undefeated the past two season is region play.
For the second season in a row, Head Coach Ben Massena was named Region 24 Coach of the Year.
Lincoln travels to take on MCC Maple Woods in Kansas City for the district final. The winner of the district final advances to the national tournament in Phoenix, Arizona.
LC Soccer Places Players on All-Region 24 Team
With all of the success of this year’s Lincoln College men’s soccer team, some player’s and the head coach have reaped some personal rewards. Edwin Moalosi was named Player of the Year and Anders Madsen was name Defender of the Year for Region 24. Also, All-Region First Team was Moalosi, Madsen and Julio Velasquez while Ruben Gaytan and Mario Alfario were named to the All-Region Second Team. Head Coach Ben Massena was name Region 24 Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.
The Men’s Soccer team is fresh off their Region 24 Championship win against Illinois Central College. Lincoln (17-3 and ranked #13 in the Nation) travels to take on MCC Maple Woods (12-3-3) in Kansas City for the district final. The winner of the district final advances to the NJCAA Division 1 National Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona.