This Wednesday, the Lincoln College men’s soccer team will get a chance to get revenge as they take on Southwestern Illinois College at 3:00pm on Freesmeier Field at Lincoln College. The game is a rematch of last season’s Region 24 quarterfinal game that sent the Lynx home while SWIC advanced to the finals. Several of head coach Ben Massena’s team members remember it well as nine of them felt the sting last fall. Included in those returning players is the Lynx leading goal scorer Cristian Castillo (Moline, IL). Castillo will look to add to his impressive assist and goal scoring tally from a season ago. Also returning is sophomore standout Ahmadou Ndaiye (Moline, IL). Ndaiye, a hard tackling midfielder, has been named captain of the 2016-17 team.
Mixed in with a solid group of returners will be 14 newcomers. Leading the way will be all-state standout Angel Vargas (Moline, IL), midfielder Shevon Stewart (Kingston, Jamaica), and midfielder Adrian Roman (Waukegan, IL). Coach Massena is excited for this new, exciting talent to mesh with his solid group of sophomores. “We have a lot of new guys this season, but we return a very strong core of starters and that will be key to making a successful run this season,” said Massena. “We have some special attacking players and when we get everyone to fit into the system, we will be a very dangerous team who will cause a lot of problems for other college programs to deal with.”
The first test will come Wednesday against a very good, fellow Region 24 SWIC team. “We are ready for our first game,” Massena added, “and hope that our guys come out hard and ready to play and make a statement Wednesday at 3:00pm about who we are as a program this season.”