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LC men's soccer takes 2 in 'Kick for the Cure'

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[September 03, 2013]  CHAMPAIGN -- The Lincoln College men's soccer team played two games in a Parkland invitational over the weekend.

Lincoln vs. Illinois Wesleyan JV

Lincoln College defeated Illinois Wesleyan JV by a score of 6-1 Saturday in the Parkland "Kick for the Cure" showcase.

Lincoln opened up the game with a quick goal in the second minute of the game, when freshman Ben Frogner slotted a ball across the box to Eddy Milien, who scored the easy tap-in goal.

Lincoln had the majority of possessions through the first half, but despite scoring four goals, the Lynx gave IWU an easy goal when Ibrahima Mbaye tackled an IWU player inside the box. IWU capitalized on this and at halftime the score was 4-1.

"We talked at half at controlling the tempo of the game and not giving up easy looks at our goal," said Lincoln coach Ben Massena. "The boys did great at this second half, and the game ended 6-1."


  • Eddy Milien, 3

  • Ben Frogner, 1

  • Jose Barralaga, 1

  • Peter Niederer, 1


  • Jason Velasquez, 1

  • Ben Frogner, 3

Lincoln vs. North Iowa Area Community College

Lincoln took on NIACC on Sunday, the second day of the Parkland Kick for the Cure tournament. Lincoln wore pink uniforms in honor of No. 11 Peter Niederer's mother, who lost her battle with cancer in 2008.

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"We knew going into the game that NIACC was going to be a tough game for us," said Lincoln's coach Massena. "We are 0-1 in the history of playing them, and their style of play is tough to play against. We talked a lot to the guys about keeping the play simple, fast and not changing the way we play."

The Lynx came out on fire, scoring in the third minute of the match, when Niederer took a corner kick and found Milien, who headed the ball past a diving keeper. Lincoln would find the back of the net in the 17th minute, when Eliceo Gonazales beat two defenders and hit a streaking low cross that Ben Frogner crushed to the far post to put the Lynx up 2-0.

At halftime Lincoln made some adjustments to keep the pressure on NIACC and continued to move the attack farther up the field.

"We really wanted to get in behind their back four and find our outside midfielders a bit more to open up the middle of the field," Massena said.

The players responded very well and Lincoln was able to get two more goals from Milien, with both assists coming from outside midfielder Jose Barralaga.

"I'm very pleased with the performance of the guys in this match and over the weekend," Massena said. "It's tough to play two games in two days, and (I) think our hard work all preseason really showed today. The Lynx ended with 24 shots vs. NIACC while allowing 0 shots! Our guys really came out and pressed NIACC all over the field. I'm happy with our progression so far and hope we continue to improve as a team as we move forward into region games."

The next game for the Lynx is Sept. 12 versus Region 24 opponent Lewis and Clark

[Text from file received from Jeff Nelson, Lincoln College sports information director]

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