The #5 seeded Linn-Mar Lions opened against the #4 seeded Ames Little Cyclones. Despite being the lower ranked team, it could be said that the Lions were the favorites, as not only this was their third consecutive year at State, but also as the defending State Champions.
The Lions took the lead early in the game when Blake Comstock netted his seventh goal of the season in the 10th minute (assists from Eby and Enzugusi). They extended their lead less than 10 minutes later, in the 19th minute when Devin Eby scored his twelfth goal of the season, after the Ames goalkeeper gave up a rebound to the Senior midfielder.
Both teams continued to play hard and in the 32nd minute, Ames midfielder Tyler Griffin cut the lead in half, after winning a 50-50 ball from the Linn-Mar defense. Just as it looked like the the Lions would take a one-goal lead into halftime, Ames struck again on corner kick with less than 30 seconds left. The Cyclones put extra bodies into the 18 and it paid off as defender Ben Feddersen tied the game up, just before the break.
Clearly, the two goals gave Ames a spark and motivated them in the second half. The Cyclone defense allowed 8 shots, but all but one came from outside of the 18-yard box. The Lions, while limiting shots to just six in the second half, seemed to be a step slow at times and Ames was able to capitalize as Divyesh Kumar slotted the ball into the net twice during the second 40, while the Lions were shut out.
The Lions ended their season 16-5. Ames finished their season beating CR Washington, 1-0, earning 3rd place.
Substate Final, vs Marshalltown
On Saturday, the Lions hosted their Substate’s Final Game, vs CIML opponent, Marshalltown. The last time these two teams met, members of today’s team were still in elementary school. Anyways, the Lions came out of the gate focused on one task, playing together and making it back to the State Tournament to defend their title.
In the first half, the teams felt one another out for the first few minutes, but it was the Lions who mostly controlled things, and earned their first goal as Blake Comstock finished off a rebound in the 9th minute (from a Leroy Enzugusi shot). In the 19th minute, Enzugusi got his first goal of the game (assists for Danny Peak and Hunter Wong).
In the second half, the story was much of the same, and the play was even more lop-sided than the first. Enzugusi scored his second goal of the game as defender Michael Scheldrup found him streak past the Bobcat defense in the 64th minute. The final “nail in the coffin” came less than a minute later and Enzugusi earned his fourth hat trick of the season (assists for Danny Peak and Alex Davenport).
The Linn-Mar defense had it’s 9th clean sheet of the game, and gave up just one shot on goal, while the Lions took 18 shots. Cody Ritter played all 80 minutes to earn the shutout. Final Score, 4-0. Continue reading
Typically, the Lions are used to relaxing on the weekend and preparing for the following week’s games, but today, Linn-Mar found themselves playing CR Washington to end the regular season. With this being the last home game, we took the time to recognize another great group of Seniors (before the game). When the game started, not only was the weather hot, but so was the competitive spirit between the two teams.
Linn-Mar 4-1 Cedar Rapids Washington
Scoring Summary and Statistics
14th minute: CRW-Goal by Emmanuel Hidalgo-Wohlleben, unassisted
25th minute: LM-Goal by Alex Davenport, assist by Devin Eby
30th minute: LM-Goal by Leroy Enzugusi, assist by Hunter Wong
40th minute: LM-Goal by Leroy Enzugusi, assist by Koby Wesselink
78th minute: LM-Goal by Blake Comstock, unassisted
Shots/Shots on Goal: LM-18/8; CRW-10/6
Corners: LM-3; CRW-6
Free Kicks Taken: LM-7; CRW-9
Man of the Match: Cody Ritter