Men's Soccer Fights To Draw With Illinois Tech

Photo Credit: Len Cederholm
Photo Credit: Len Cederholm

MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) – Wisconsin Lutheran College and Illinois Tech needed 110 minutes to determine the outcome, and a first half goal for each team stood as the Warriors and Scarlet Hawks battled to a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoon in NACC men's soccer action at Warriors Soccer Field.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 1, Illinois Tech 1 (2 OT)
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (6-5-1, 2-3-1 NACC), Illinois Tech (4-8-1, 1-4-1 NACC)
  • Location: Warriors Soccer Field, Milwaukee, Wis.

  • The Scarlet Hawks scored first, after Zach Whritenour was awarded a penalty kick that he put past Warriors junior goalkeeper Erek Lehnen (Fort Myers, Fla.) 13 minutes into the match.
  • WLC tied the game 21 minutes later when freshman Griffin Tracey (Geneseo, Ill.) scored his first collegiate goal. Following a header by sophomore Justin Kuffler (Moline, Ill.) that bounced off the crossbar, Tracey was able to tip the ball past the keeper to even the score at 1-1.
  • The game remained tied throughout the second half with both teams seeing a couple scoring chances to break the game open. Both goalkeepers made plays as Lehnen made three second-half saves and Scarlet Hawks goalie Alex Kern made two.
  • After a scoreless first overtime, the Warriors had their best chance to score as junior Mario Caldwell (Milwaukee, Wis.) found some room and made a run at the goal, but Kern made a great play to come up and stop the potential game-winning goal and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

  • Ten of the 18 WLC shots were on frame, with sophomore Jason Cano (Delavan, Wis.) and Caldwell leading the way with four and three, respectively.
  • Lehnen tallied six saves on seven shots faced, playing all 110 minutes between the posts for the Warriors.

  • Illinois Tech attempted 18 shots, with seven coming on target. Whritenour paced the team with three shots on goal.
  • Kern finished with nine saves for the Scarlet Hawks, including some key saves late in the match.

  • The Warriors play their final home game of the season Wednesday when they host Concordia Wisconsin (10-3-0, 4-2-0 NACC) at 7:00 p.m. for Senior Night. The Falcons are coming off a 4-1 defeat to Aurora on Saturday afternoon. Live video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.