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Trip to Des Moines caps a successful 2015 season

Prior to their trip to Des Moines, the Linn-Mar coaching staff  told the team the following:
Congratulations once again! You can say that you are one of eight 3A teams to have made it this far, but there is more work to be done…I hope you’re like me and are not using this extension of our season as a means to take a day trip to Des Moines, and spend a night in a hotel without your parents…Please pack your bags and mentally prepare for THREE GAMES IN THREE DAYS.

The team not only rose to the challenge, but they exceeded the expectation of many.  Many of our players were reminded, after the first game, that they had given Coach Lovell a goal sheet that they filled out back in November on the first day of our pre-season…Many of those goals were, in part, to win State.  And now they had put themselves in a position to do so.

Recap of the Tournament

Game 1 (Quarter-final): Linn-Mar 2 | Dubuque Hempstead 0

  • Previously, Hempstead had beaten the Lions 3-1, during the regular season, in Dubuque.  It was the last time the Lions had lost a game this season.
  • Ranked #3 in the last IAHSSCA Poll

Game 2 (Semi-final): Linn-Mar 2 | Johnston 1

  • Linn-Mar lost to the Dragons last year in this same position, on an own goal.
  • Johnston had gone 20-0 this season and had not given up more than one goal in a game, all year.
  • Ranked #1 in the last IAHSSCA Poll

Game 3 (Final): Linn-Mar 2 | Ankeny Centennial 0

  • This is just the 2nd year of the Jaguar’s existence; the two teams have not played each other before.
  • Ankeny Centennial’s only loss came to Johnston, prior to meeting the Lions.
  • Ranked #2 in the last IAHSSCA Poll

 

Tournament Synopsis

Deemed the “Revenge Tour” by the media through the first two games, the Lions had deep motivations to beat Hempstead and Johnston because of their recent history.  But when it came to the final vs Centennial, who needs revenge to motivate you when you are playing for your school’s first State Championship in that sport.

Over the course of the three day tournament the Lions stats vs their opponents were as follows:

  • Goal Differential: 6-1
  • Goals: Leroy Enzugusi (2), Ben Johnson, Daniel Luzindya, Jack Ramsey, and an opponent’s own goal 
  • Assists: Daniel Luzindya, Ben Johnson, Leroy Enzugusi, Hunter Wong, Jonny Williams, Nathan Luzindya, Jared Slagle
  • Goalkeeper: Phil Adams, 3-0, 2 shutouts, 9 saves (including 2 penalty kick saves)
  • Shots on Goal/Shots: LM- 23/48 | Opponents-11/36
  • Corner Kicks Taken: LM-13 | Opponents-20
  • Goal Kicks Taken: LM-28 | Opponents-23
  • Fouls Committed: LM-46 | Opponents-34

 

Tournament Awards

The following were members of the All-Tournament Team and what they did to earn these honors:

  • GK, Phil Adams (SR) > 3-0, 2 shutouts, 2 penalty kick saves, aggressive play denying more shot opportunities by the opponent
  • MF/FW, Ben Johnson (SR) > Game-Winning Goal vs Hempstead, Assist vs Ankeny Centennial, Approx 180 minutes played (240 total minutes played), set the tone/led the team in physical/aggressive play
  • MF/FW, Leroy Enzugusi (SO) > Game-Winning Goal vs Johnston, Game-Winning Assist vs Hempstead, Goal vs Centennial, brings speed and ability to break down defense in 1 v 1 situations
  • DEF, Jack Ramsey (JR) > All-Tournament Team Captain, Goal vs Johnston, led the team in minutes played as a field player, seemed to win nearly all balls in the air in the defensive third.

 

*Overall it was an amazing season that culminated in an amazing post-season run that ended with the school’s first State Soccer Championship:

  • The Lions beat their opponents by a total score of 12-2 during the post-season
  • They won their last 10 games in a row
  • They finished the season with 20 wins and 3 losses: the most wins in the school’s history
  • They repeated as both the LM Challenger Cup Champions and MVC-Valley Division Champions

 

Take a look back at our postseason below. Thanks to all who shared photos to make this video possible.

  • Music: I Lived by One Republic, © 2014

Team Rankings

TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked the Lions in the following categories:

  • 43rd in the Nation this spring
  • 1st in the Midwest region
  • 1st in Iowa (across all 3 classes)

The NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) ranked the Lions in the following categories:

  • 11th in the Nation this spring
  • 2nd in their region (Region III)
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Many awards to spread around

One of the great things about a successful season is that your team is often recognize more with individual awards and accolades.  Congratulations to all of the Lions mentioned below for their hard work and dedication this year!!

Team Records
CombinedVarsityJr. VarsityFresh-Soph
39 wins-8 losses-1 ties20 wins-3 losses
*State Champions
*Ranked #11 in the Nation
10 wins-1 loss9 wins-4 losses-1 ties
Varsity Letterwinners
SeniorsJuniors
SophomoresFreshmenHonorary Letterwinners
-4th Year Soccer Players-
-Foreign Exchange Players-
Phil Adams
Noah Ajram
Bobby Charlton
Ben Johnson
Daniel Luzindya
Jared Slagle
Dustin Toy
Jonny Williams
Alexy Boehm
Blake Comstock
Devin Eby
Faheem Hossain
Jack Ramsey
Jordan Webb
Hunter Wong
Leroy Enzugusi
Noah Martin
Cody Ritter
Danny PeakBrock Fischer
Spencer Shaffer
Nate Twedt
Team Awards
Rookie of the YearMost Improved PlayerMost Outstanding PlayerLM Senior AwardJon DeKock Coach's Award
Danny PeakPhil AdamsLeroy EnzugusiBen JohnsonDustin Toy
All-StateAll-Tournament TeamSr. All-Star Game Participant
First-TeamSecond-TeamHonorable MentionJack Ramsey (Captain)Ben Johnson
Ben JohnsonJack Ramsey ---Ben JohnsonDaniel Luzindya
Leroy EnzugusiPhil Adams
Leroy Enzugusi
All-Conference
First-TeamSecond-TeamHonorable MentionAll-Academic
Leroy Enzugusi
Ben Johnson
Daniel Luzindya
Jack Ramsey
Alexy Boehm
Dustin Toy
Hunter Wong
Bobby Charlton
Danny Peak
Noah Ajram
Jonny Williams
Athlete of the YearCoaching Staff of the Year
Ben JohnsonLinn-Mar Coaching Staff
All-Metro
First-TeamSecond-TeamHonorable Mention
Leroy Enzugusi
Ben Johnson
Jack Ramsey
Alexy Boehm
Danny Peak
Hunter Wong
Devin Eby
Dustin Toy
Co-Coaching Staffs of the Year
Linn-Mar & Xavier