Lincoln College Men’s Soccer is ready for action
Team is set to begin the 2017 season
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[August 24, 2017]
It’s not difficult to understand why Lincoln College Men’s
Soccer Coach Ben Massena is looking forward to getting the 2017
season underway. Coach Massena has one of the most experienced and
athletic teams the Lynx have ever put on the pitch. His players will
be looking to improve on the impressive 10-4 record posted by last
year’s team. They will have their work cut out for them in achieving
that goal as they are again set to compete in Region 24 which is
widely regarded as the toughest Men’s Soccer Region in the National
Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
“Last year our Region saw three teams ranked in the top ten in the
nation for most of the season,” said Coach Massena. “I expect that
we will see a similar situation this year as well.”
Coach Massena sums up the theme for this year’s squad with the
phrase “play fast and be mature,” a tone that is being set in the
preseason by nine returning players and a host of new talent.
Headlining the class of returning players is attacking midfielder
Adrian Roman (8). Roman, a sophomore from Waukegan, IL, was the Lynx
leading scorer in 2016. He was recognized for his outstanding
freshman season by being named 1st Team All-Region as well as
receiving All-Conference honors.
Roman will be joined by fellow sophomore Petor Kromah (7) from
Springfield as players to watch this season. Kromah has shown the
ability to score from the forward position, and, based upon the way
the team has approached the game in the preseason, he should see a
lot of action on the offensive end of the field.
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“We are going to look to get the ball forward quickly
this year and keep the pressure on our opponent’s defense,” said
Coach Massina. This faster style of play will be a departure from
the Lynx traditional strategy of ball control and clock management.
“Our goal is to be confident with the ball and not give it away on
the offensive half of the field as much as our teams have in the
One of the new additions to the team’s roster is
actually a player who is very familiar to Lincoln College. Julian
Roman has rejoined the team after being a significant contributor to
the 2010 Lincoln College team that finished 5th in the Nation. Roman
is the older brother of sophomore Adrian Roman. Julian made the
decision to return to LC when he learned that the school’s athletic
teams were set to make the move to the NAIA in 2018. Coach Massena
is glad to have the All-Conference performer back in a Lynx uniform.
“Julian’s strength and experience are going to be huge assets for us
this season,” said Massena.
Another new member of the team who is sure to make an impact is
sophomore goalie Miguel Barbosa from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Barbosa
transferred to LC from Wentworth Academy in Missouri where last
season he was named a USCAA All-American.
In addition to Barbosa, other newcomers include center-midfielder
Ignacio Ximenez, who is a product of the U.S. National Developmental
Soccer Academy in Atlanta Georgia, and midfielder Mauricio Montoya
from Quito, Equador.
The Lynx will open up their 2017 season at home on Sunday, August
27th with an 11:00 AM match against NJCAA Division I powerhouse
Indian Hills Community College.