Substate Quarterfinal: The Lions will face the Davenport Central Blue Devils at Brady Street Stadium, in Davenport, on Monday, May 20th, at 5pm. The Lions and Blue Devils last played against one another in the 2014 Linn-Mar Challenger Cup. The Lions prevailed 1-0.
Result: With their season on the line, Linn-Mar battled during the second half of play, after giving up a pair of first half goals. The Lions controlled much of the play during the final 40, but struggled in front of goal. Kody Waterman (SR) tallied the only LM goal on a penalty kick in the 67th minute.
Season Stats: -5 wins, 13 losses (most of which to ranked opponents) -191 shots / 93 shots on target -21 goals scored / 35 goals conceded -65% (combined) goalkeeper save percentage
We hit the road for the last game of the 2019 regular season…and their first to Dubuque, this year. Just like the night before at LM Stadium, Dubuque Hempstead honored their Seniors, but not before the Lions shut out the Mustangs, 1-0. Linn-Mar benefitted from a penalty kick called in the 30th minute, and converted by Brandon Raus (JR). The Lions kept the lead through the second half, but was unable to add to their lead (despite double-digit chances). Man of the Match was Blake Walker.
The win moved the team record to 5-12 on the season. While not what we had hoped for back in March, please put the losses in perspective. Linn-Mar (likely) played, not only the toughest half of the MVC, but also the toughest non-conference schedule in Iowa. 9 of the 12 losses came at the hands of teams currently (Week 7) ranked in Classes 1A or 2A. 2 losses were against teams who received votes this week (Week 7); the Lions only lost 1 game to a non-ranked opponent. The opponents that we have lost to have a combined winning percentage of nearly 74%, during the regular season. By playing such a challenging schedule, the coaching staff believes that it has discovered where our strengths (and weaknesses) are, and this can help us as we move forward during the Substate Tournament.
The JV1 team finished their season with a win, as well. The Lions outperformed the Mustangs from the opening whistle, scoring once in the first half and twice in the second half, and shutting out their opponent, 3-0. The team ended with 4 wins, 4 losses, and 5 ties.
Tonight we recognized 19 members of the Class of 2019, and our foreign-exchange students. Many of these young men have devoted four springs, and countless hours of club practices and tournaments to get to where they are today. We are so proud of them all!!
As for the game, the Lions took the early lead against the Bulldogs when Kody Waterman (SR) cleaned up a loose ball in the box. The lead was short-lived however as Bettendorf added two goals before halftime, and one insurance goal in the second half. Bettendorf wins 3-1. Man of the Match was Bas Jordaan.
The JV1 team played even with the Bulldogs, and neither team could breakthrough for the game-winning goal. Final, 0-0.