On Wednesday afternoon, the Lincoln College men’s soccer team took on undefeated, #19 ranked Illinois Central College (5-0) in a home thriller. The Cougars were pushed to the brink but came up with the 3-2 win in overtime. The Lynx loss drops their record to 3-2 on the season.
The first half was all Lincoln getting nine shots on goal while keeping ICC on the defensive and allowing only two ICC shots on frame. The Lynx would open the scoring 17 minutes into the first half when Cristian Castillo (Moline, IL) took a shot from 35 yards out that the Cougar keeper saved but pushed wide right into the path of freshman David Forde (Ocala, FL). Forde took the deflection and sent it into the back of the net to put the Lynx up 1-0. Lincoln would make four more runs at goal, all of the one-on-one version, but the ICC keeper was up to the task holding the score at 1-0. ICC slipped an equalizer past the Lynx keeper late in the first half to tie the score at 1-1 heading into intermission.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle as both teams had quality chances. ICC grabbed the momentum when Lincoln’s Dennis Freeman (Champaign, IL) was given a second yellow card putting the Lynx a man down for the final 20 minutes of regulation. The Cougars took advantage and found the back of net with eight minutes to play taking a 2-1 lead. However, the Lynx wouldn’t give up and scored with just 12 seconds left when Adrian Roman (Waukegan, IL) hit a 20-yard bomb into the upper 90 to tie the game and send it into golden goal extra time. With just four minutes to play in extra time, ICC bounced a game-winning goal off of a Lynx defender to take the 3-2 win.
Head coach Ben Massena said of the game, “I was very happy with how we played going forward. We out shot them, had more chances on goal, had more corner kicks, and over all felt we were the better attacking team. They knock the ball around well but we knew that going in and set up pressing zones to limit their chances and felt the guys did perfect in our game plan. The bottom line is that we didn’t finish our chances and let them stay in the game. At this level you can’t do that and today we learned why. ICC is a very good team and we should have done a better job at putting them away. It’s good to see our team effort and how well we responded being a man down and a goal down late in the game. After seeing our whole team effort and abilities I’m very excited about our season.”
Next up for the Lynx is another MWAC match against the #9 Parkland College Cobras (6-0) in Champaign, IL at 1:00pm. Massena said, “We will have our hands full with Parkland. They are not just beating teams but destroying them with 9-0 win over SWIC, 7-0 over Heartland, and most recently a 5-1 win over Lincoln Land.”