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Mustangs drive into Marion, tonight

Tonight's Starting Lineup

Tonight’s Starting Lineup

Late in April, you don’t expect that you will need a parka, hat, and gloves, but tonight we did… But the cold didn’t play a factor, it was just part of the strange circumstances surrounding the Varsity game. This year, so far, the Lions have been up and down, beating some of the state’s top competition, while at other times falling to opponents that the team should also beat.

In the Fresh-Soph game, the Lions got two second half goals to earn another win and improve their record to 4-2-1.

In the Varsity game, new goalkeeper Seth Lukefahr (Sophomore) earned a clean sheet, but it took a little longer than expected. In fact Lukefahr was never even called on to make a save, as the Mustangs never attempted a shot for 80+ minutes of play.  Even stranger though was how dominant the Lions were.  Unofficially, Linn-Mar maintained possession more than 70% of the game, but in the final third, the team struggled.  Hempstead did a good job frustrating the Lions, as they often times had nearly their entire team inside the 18-yd box, and blocking shots before they even made it to goal.  All in all, the Lions had 49 shots, but it wasn’t until the 87th minute (1st overtime) when Alex Davenport found the lower left corner of the goal, and ended the game in celebration/relief. Man of the Match was Kody Waterman.


 

Tonight, Linn-Mar will host Dubuque Hempstead (Fresh-Soph, 5:15; Varsity, 7:00).  The Lions will try to put another “W” on their resume, after getting sidetracked Tuesday night, at Kennedy.  Last year, both teams earned victories over the Mustangs; Fresh-Soph won 5-1, and Varsity earned a 6-3 win. Dress warm and come out and support the Lions, as they enter the second half of the season.  Can’t make it? Check back after the game for a full recap of tonight’s contests.

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Lions and Cougars sharpen claws prepping for tonight’s games

Tonight's Starting Lineup

Tonight’s Starting Lineup

Tonight was a beautiful night for soccer at Kennedy High School…problem was, if you were a Linn-Mar player or fan, not much else was quite as ideal.  The Fresh-Soph team played a scoreless half of soccer with both teams having good looks at goal, but a second half Kennedy goal, late, gave the Lions their second defeat of the season. Final score 0-1 Cougars.

In the Varsity game, a goal by the Cougars in the 6th minute put the Lions behind early, but definitely not out of reach…the second goal by Kennedy, however, made the comeback more difficult despite a Danny Peak (Junior) goal before halftime to get it back within a one goal game (assist for Keith Brendes, (Senior)). Shortly after the 2nd half began, the Cougars stretched their lead back to two goals, and that was enough to take down the Lions.  Final score 1-3 Kennedy.

Linn-Mar will return home on Thursday for a game with Dubuque Hempstead.

A year ago, the last time Linn-Mar faced Kennedy, both of the Lions’ mens soccer teams eked out 1-0 wins. Today the two teams will renew their rivalry on the pitch. Both Varsity teams gave up a goal in their last matches, but scratched and clawed their way to wins. As always, this is expected to be a great game, and both have a lot at stake, as they can both be found at/near the rankings of the state’s top 15 3A teams. Read about the game and the results after its conclusion, right here!

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“Head East, Young Men”… Lions travel to Dubuque Senior

Today's Starting Lineup

Today’s Starting Lineup

Today, the Lions returned to a old foe…the Dubuque Soccer Complex.  Many of today’s players don’t remember this location, but historically, it has not been a friendly location against Dubuque Hempstead and Senior.  But today, on the sloppy, wet, grass fields and with a strong and consistent cross-wind, Linn-Mar came out on top, against the Rams in both games.

Varsity played first, for a change, and Brandon Raus (Freshman) collected a ball, and scored, in the 16th minute,when the goalkeeper couldn’t hang onto the wet ball (assist Danny Peak (Junior)). Senior, however found an equalizer 6 minutes later. In the second half, Linn-Mar increased the pressure, connected more passing strings together, and got better looks at goal.  In the 51st minute, a 10-pass string  that started with the left, outside back, ended on the foot of Obed Micomyiza (Junior), inside the 18-yard box (assist, Peak). The Lions tacked on an insurance goal in the 79th minute, as Peak got his 3rd assist, finding teammate Grant Wagner (Junior) for a one-timer, as time ticked away.  Final score: Linn-Mar 3-1; Man of the Match was Danny Peak.  The team’s victory was its 4th in a row, and 5th out of the last 6, after starting the season 0-3.  Now 5-4, and 4-1 in the conference, the team appears poised to make a bid to host a post-season game or two, and be a team that few opponents will look forward to playing down the stretch.

The Fresh-Soph team earned their third win of the season with a 2-0 shutout against the Rams.  LM Goalkeeper, Seth Lukefahr had little action, and defenders got a little more forward than usual, to assist the front line. Man of the Match was Alex Cochrane.


 

Tonight, the Lions make their one and only trip to Dubuque to take on the Rams of Senior High School.  Varsity will play first at 4:30, followed by the Fresh-Soph team at 6:00.  Last year, the 9/10s took down the Rams 2-0, while the Varsity won in dominant fashion, 8-1, at Dalzell Field, in Dubuque.  Check back after the game for a full recap of tonight’s games.

📆 Thursday, April 20
🚌 2:30pm, Door 9
⚽️ Varsity vs Dubuque Senior
⌚️ 4:30pm, Kickoff
⚽️ Fresh-Soph vs Dubuque Senior
⌚️ 6:00pm, Kickoff
📍 Dubuque Soccer Complex, 12896 John F Kennedy Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002