On Wednesday, the Lynx men’s soccer team traveled to Springfield to take on MWAC opponent Lincoln Land Community College and came away with a 5-1 win. The victory snapped a 2-game losing streak for Lincoln and upped their overall record to 2-2 on the season.
Head coach Ben Massena said after the game, “We talked about coming out strong and taking the game to them from the beginning. We had lost two in a row and the guys needed a strong showing today to get us back to .500 on the year.” The pep talk and overall game plan worked well early as Lincoln took five shots on goal in the first four minutes of play. Unfortunately for the Lynx, none of the shots found the back of the net. A Lincoln foul at the half way point of the first half gave LLCC a free kick at the top of the box which they converted for the 1-0 lead.
Lincoln would respond quickly. Two quick goals in less than 10 minutes gave the Lynx the lead. Shevon Stewart took on two LLCC defenders on the outside, crossed the ball to teammate Jose Castillo who scored on a header to tie the game at 1-1. Just three minutes later, Castillo returned the favor as he sent a through pass to Stewart that snuck by the LLCC keeper. Another first half goal, this time when Cristian Castillo took a set piece and short pass would find the back of the net putting the Lynx up 3-1 at the half.
“At half time we talked about finishing the game and not letting them back into the flow of the game,” said Massena.
Lincoln paid close attention as they did just that scoring two quick goals in the first six minutes of the second half. Dennis Freeman took a long throw-in and freshman Angel Vargas headed it home to put the Lynx up 4-1. Moments later, Stewart scored on an incredible bicycle kick off a pass from Sekani Mayers to put the game away.
“I’m extremely proud of how the guys came back from losing two games in the row and being down 1-0 today,” Massena added.
Next up for Lincoln College will be Lewis & Clark on Saturday, September 17 at Freesmeier Field at 12:00pm.