The Lakeland boys’ soccer team was back at home to take on Mosinee in a primetime conference matchup Tuesday night.
The game was balanced and ended up as a 1-1 tie.
“They don’t quit. (They) play to the whistle. Behind 4-0 or 1-1, they push whoever’s on the field,” coach Ihor Myshchyshyn said.
Brandon Boh put Lakeland on the board first in a seesaw battle in the 37th minute. A pass by Cody Olson put Boh in a position to shoot in the box where he capitalized for a 1-0 Lakeland lead.
“(The) team played very well. I enjoyed seeing them executing things that we were trying to put together on the practice field,” Myshchyshyn said. “They communicated, there was no rush. It was a good first half.”
Mosinee scored its only goal in the second half. It came in the 59th minute, on an out-of-the box shot on a counter-attack. The game was tied at one apiece.
Lakeland seemed to have an opportunity at a free goal late in the second half when there was a collision in the box between Lakeland and Mosinee’s goalie Tazelaar. Instead, the penalty was on the Thunderbirds.
Collin Quade had a good look at a goal in the 82nd minute of play. Off a corner kick, Quade tried to use his head to knock it in the net, but it went over the goalpost.
Both teams had chances to walk out with a victory late in the game. In the 86th minute, Mosinee took a corner kick that proved to be unsuccessful.
Then, Judson Bybee, off a pass from Kyle Peterson, took a shot in the 88th minute. But there was not enough juice on it and it was saved by Mosinee goalkeeper Ethan Tazelaar.
The Thunderbirds still made one last run at a goal. With less than 30 seconds left, Brandon Boh passed it to Chandler Savel who ran it to the right side of the box. Savel then passed it to the center of the field, where Kyle Bengtson just missed a chance to score the winning goal.
Savel’s pass was cut off and saved by Tazelaar. Bengtson was unable to get to the ball in time as the clock ran out and the game ended.
The Thunderbirds would not go down easy, especially with the deep roster they have.
“We have good people that we rotate, a lot of midfielders that I can move on out with just about the same quality on the field to maintain the intensity, maintain the pace,” Myshchyshyn said.
Lakeland goalie Vincent Strong finished the game with seven saves. Tazelaar finished with 10 saves for Mosinee.
Lakeland ended up outshooting Mosinee 24-9.
“I would definitely say today we were the better team, some things just didn’t go our way,” Myshchyshyn said. “We had couple crossbars, (just missed) an inch of the ball, a little late on reaction, but overall very happy.”
Up next, the Thunderbirds took the road and played a game at Antigo on Thursday night. Coverage of that game will be in the Sept. 24 edition of The Times
The T-Birds play at Medford on Thursday, Sept. 26 starting at 7 p.m.
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