Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Respectable: Season's Pleasin' but for Missed `Chances'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Respectable: Season's Pleasin' but for Missed `Chances'

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First-year Lindenwood College soccer coach Carl Hutter was pleased - but not satisfied - with his club's 14-7-2 mark this fall.

"We had a good year, a respectable year," Hutter said. "But I think - and I'm sure the players would agree - we could've done better. With the exception of the Rockhurst game - we didn't show up at all that day - we had an opportunity to win every time we took the field this season. We lost a couple of games we probably should've won and had some tough breaks at other times that hurt us.

"But we had a good, solid season."

The Lions missed their chance to qualify for the NAIA Midwest Regional when they fell 3-1 at Columbia College in the American Midwest Conference championship game.

"The credit goes to Columbia because they did what they had to do to win the game," Hutter said. "But we had our chances and just couldn't put them away."

That lack of scoring at key times was a problem all season for the Lions. And it's something they'll work to correct before next fall.

"When you get those 90- or 95-percent chances, you have to put them away," Hutter said. "We're talking to some proven goal-scorers in our recruiting, but a lot of it comes down to the guys on the team already. These guys are capable scorers; it's just a matter of them being relaxed and confident enough to take advantage of the scoring opportunites when they present themselves."

Willy Nymo, a freshman from Norway, paced the Lions with 12 goals this season. Other top scorers were seniors Fred Small and Roger Holdenreid. Freshman Kurt Reinheimer also showed some promise as an attacking player.

"Willy joined us late; he only played in 15 or 16 games," Hutter said. "We'll definitely miss Fred and Roger up top, but we have Tim Harrison, a proven scorer who was hurt this year, and some other good scorers in the program. Plus, as I said before, we're recruiting some guys who've been good scorers in their high school and select careers."

Leaders in the midfield this season for the Lions were Nymo, sophomore Randy Schaberg, junior Sean Peters and seniors Adam Cehajic, Scott Sorice (Howell North) and Brian McKee. …

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