Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lindenwood Kickers Get Burned on Florida Trip

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lindenwood Kickers Get Burned on Florida Trip

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The Lindenwood College men's soccer team traveled to Florida last weekend. But it was no vacation.

The Lions, playing in Miami, lost 2-1 Friday to Nova University and 4-0 Sunday to Lynn University, the top-ranked team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics poll.

"They were good teams," Lindenwood coach Thom Champion said. "We played all right against Nova, but it's a game we probably should've won. Against Lynn, we didn't play as well as we would've liked, but they're a very good team. They deserved to win and they showed us why they're the No. 1 team in the nation."

Kevin McDonough had the goal versus Nova. McDonough leads the Lions in scoring with 10 goals this fall.

But the losses were only part of the rough trip to the Sunshine State for Lindenwood. The two games also resulted in more injuries for the already-depleted Lions.

"Dan Northrup tore ligaments in his ankle Friday and is gone for the year and we lost Ed Begley Sunday," Champion said. "We're handling it pretty well, but it's discouraging when you spend part of your road trip in a hospital."

Injuries have put a major damper on the season for the Lions, who are 5-7.

"We have good depth, but we're talking about losing eight or nine guys who were counted on as starters. And five of those guys are probably gone for the year," Champion said.

"We've been lucky the last couple of years, but you go through seasons like this every once in awhile."

Champion continued: "I think the hardest part for the players is the uncertainty. From game to game, we're going with a new lineup, so these guys never know where they'll be playing. It's a difficult situation, especially for all the freshmen and sophomores we're playing."

The young Lindenwood players are gaining a good deal of experience against top-level competition and that experience should pay dividends in the future. This year, they're learning some tough lessons.

"We're throwing these guys into games against some of the best teams in the nation," Champion said. …

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