Men's Soccer Nets First NACC Win

Photo Credit: Len Cederholm
Photo Credit: Len Cederholm

PLYMOUTH, Wis. (WLCSports.com) - Sophomore Justin Kuffler (Moline, Ill.) scored the equalizer and later the game-winner to lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer team to a 3-1 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference road win over Lakeland Wednesday night at a rainy Taylor Field. The win was the Warriors' first in conference play and their eighth straight over the Muskies in the all-time series.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 3, Lakeland 1
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (5-4-0, 1-2-0 NACC), Lakeland (3-8-1, 0-3-0 NACC)
  • Location: Taylor Field, Plymouth, Wis.

  • The host Muskies jumped out in front of the Warriors in just the 2nd minute of play on Ryoto Kinoshita's third goal of the season.
  • WLC's first shot on net was successful when Kuffler knotted the score at 1-1 in the 35th on an assist from Aedon Meurer (Waukesha, Wis.). The score remained deadlocked at 1-1 through halftime.
  • Kuffler and Meurer connected again in the 55th minute to give Wisconsin Lutheran the go-ahead 2-1 lead.
  • The Green and White added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute on a junior Alex Rivera (Milwaukee, Wis.) goal from sophomore Jason Cano (Delavan, Wis.).
  • All four shots on target in the second half came courtesy of the Warriors.

  • WLC out-shot Lakeland 19-8 and 5-2 in shots on target. Kuffler and junior Jacob Bruecker (Sheboygan, Wis.) paced the Warriors with four shots each.
  • Kuffler's brace gave him four goals on the season, good for second on the squad. Meurer's two assists put him at a team-leading four on the year.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran collected 13 corner kicks, compared to just one for Lakeland.
  • Junior Erek Lehnen (Fort Myers, Fla.) made one save and picked up his fifth win of the season.
  • The Warriors won their eighth straight over the Muskies in the all-time series.

  • Ryoto Kinoshita led the Muskies with three shots and one on goal. Aaron Smith made a pair of saves in net for LU.

  • The Warriors return home to begin another four-match homestand on Saturday when they host Rockford (4-7-1, 1-2-0 NACC). Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The Regents fell at Dominican on Wednesday, 4-0. Live video will be available for the contest at WLCSports.com.