Varsity Game Recap: Bettendorf

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.

Varsity Game Recap: Ankeny Centennial

Linn-MarAnkeny Centennial
Possession45.7%54.3
Attacking Transitions4755
Goals23
Shots/Shots on Target6/517/8
Crosses527
Corners110
Free Kicks1011

For the second week in a row, the Lions woke up early to travel to the Des Moines metro area, this week, to take on the #4 ranked Ankeny Centennial Jaguars. Centennial had the greater number of chances early on, but the Lion defense managed to keep their offense at bay. The Jags broke through in the 31st minute, but the Lions answered in the 39th minute when a 40-yd errant pass from Connor McSperrin (SR) beat the goalkeeper. In the second half, the Lions fought against the wind, as well as their opponent, and again managed to keep the Jags from scoring for the majority of the 40 minute period. But Linn-Mar fell behind 1-2 in the 76th minute following a Centennial counter-attack. Not to be outdone, the Lions scrapped and found a way to connect a few passes, and got a few lucky bounces, and made their way toward the Jags goal. With 0:01 left in the game, the build up paid off as two of the LM Senior Captains (Ryan Johnson > Ethan Fish) connected and got in to the Centennial scoring area; the Lions were fouled and awarded a PK, which was converted by Kody Waterman (SR), to send the game into OT. Both teams had looks at goal during the extra period, but Centennial had the edge in possession. The balance passing paid off in the 88th minute as the Jags played an entry pass into the box, and their player went down after contact. The PK shot managed to sneak by the outstretched arms of LM goalkeeper Skylar Bertsch (JR), and the game ended 2-3, sending the Varsity record to 2-5. Man of the Match was Gabe Chapa (FR).

In the JV1 game, the Jags scored in the first and second halves to win 0-2. Despite the score, the game was fairly balanced, and LM had their share of looks at goal (just unable to find their first tally of the season). The JV1 record is now 0-1-2.

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Lions shutout on opening weekend

The opening weekend of IAHSAA competition saw the Lions once again travelling to Iowa City, to the prestigious Trojan Classic, hosted by Iowa City West. Due to the recent weather, late changes were made to the schedule, and moved some of the games to City High, where a second turf field could be utilized.  The Lions faced two strong CIML teams, who are currently ranked in the Top 20 by the IAHSSCA (Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association).

vs Urbandale (#8)

In the first official game of the season, the Varsity team faced an unknown opponent from Central Iowa; Linn-Mar and Urbandale have never crossed paths before.  The Lions started quickly and appeared to control play early on, even getting a couple of good looks at the J-Hawk goal, before Urbandale took advantage of some untimely Linn-Mar mistakes.  Urbandale’s first goal came as a result of a poor clearance, inside of the 18-yard box.  They doubled their lead with the first of two consecutive penalty kicks (one in each half).  And a late 2nd half goal made it a 0-4 loss to start the season.

Despite the lopsided score, the Lions effort was very good, and the score was not indicative of the performances on the field.  The team was reminded that this was only their 4th day together, outside, on  a full field.  Man of the Match – Patrick Talley (Sr).

vs Ankeny Centennial (#11)

The last time the Lions faced the Jaguars, Linn-Mar was hoisting the 2015 3A State Championship trophy, shutting out their opponent 2-0, to win their first and only State Title.  But few players are left from those teams, and the fresh Linn-Mar faces struggled to contain a potent Centennial offense, who was looking to win their third game of the weekend.  The Jags scored once in the first half and twice in the second to give the Lions their second shutout loss of the day. Final score, 0-3.

Again, similar to their earlier game, the Lions played much better than they score would indicate.  The Lions had a couple of good looks at goal, but were obviously unsuccessful at making them count.  As most teams do at this point in the season, the Lions need to iron out some parts of their game before they play again (next Thursday, at CR Prairie). Man of the Match – Andrew Christopher (So).