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Lions deliver late knockout blow

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:20 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

It wasn’t a soccer match Tuesday night. It was a heavyweight fight, and a wet one at that.

At the end of 90 minutes the scorecard gave the nod to No. 6 Lindenwood as the Lions beat Columbia College 2-1 at Owens Soccer Stadium.

“It was a boxing match and they got the last hit,” senior Jared Cross said.

The loss drops No. 13 Columbia College to 10-3-1. As a result, the Cougars will lose their top spot in the NAIA Region V ranking.

The missed penalty kick by senior forward Juan Pablo Irrera was a perfect example of the blown offensive chances for both teams .

Lindenwood and Columbia College suffered from the occasional defensive breakdown, but the Cougars weren’t able to capitalize on the opportunities they had.

“A game like this comes down to weak moments,” Columbia College coach John Klein said. “We had a couple weak moments, and they had a couple weak moments. But we weren’t able to capitalize on their weak moments.”

The weakest moment for Columbia College came with less than a minute left in the game. Forward Ignacio Novas put away the winner for Lindenwood in the final minute of the contest.

The weather also played a factor in Tuesday’s game. The field was saturated before the game, and in the third minute of the game the skies opened up. As the minutes ticked by, clean team uniforms became covered in mud. Cross said that when the rain started he was excited and thought it would be an advantage for the Cougars.

“Ever since I was little I loved the mud,” Cross said.

One of the few positives for the Cougars came in the 54th minute, when Cross was able to get the ball past Lindenwood keeper Edin Sabic.

Klein said the loss was a downer but hoped that his team would be able to take something away from the tough loss to a solid team.

“They’ve been a great soccer team for the last four years,” Klein said. “We’re fighting to be a great soccer team… There’s a little more in there I know we’re not getting.”


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