The Lincoln Lutheran men’s soccer team rallied together in a 1-0 win Tuesday, April 19 against Nebraska City High School in Nebraska City, Nebraska. This win was the first in four games for the Warriors and, as team captain Jon Green states, will hopefully be a turning point in this rough patch of the season.
“We have played some really tough teams in the past week. We had six games in two weeks against top teams in the state” says Green.
On Tuesday, Lincoln Lutheran’s Uriah Soenksen netted the game-winning goal against the 0-9 Nebraska City Pioneers. The Warriors struck early on making it an uphill battle for the Pioneers the entire match.
The early 1-0 lead would hold through halftime, and the Warriors were able to keep the Pioneers out of the goal long enough throughout the second half to achieve the victory.
Uriah explained after the game how there were nerves going into the match. After what Uriah described as the most brutal stretch of the season, three key starters were left beaten and sore, unsure about their own presence in the game: Senior Jon Green, Junior Henry Schmidt, and Senior Uriah Soenksen. Both seniors were able to overcoming their injuries for the match on Tuesday while Henry Schmidt on the other hand was held out due to a concussion injury. Schmidt is expected to return for the Warrior’s next game against Pius.
“I was nervous, I’m not going to lie,” stated Uriah. “When you face a team whose record does not represent their skill level, it is easy to underestimate your opponent. No team wants to be a loosing team’s first win.”
The Nebraska City Pioneers, though winless, have had three close games this season loosing only in shootouts.
The Warriors started the season with a 3-0 record before loosing six straight games in 3 weeks. The Warrior team has two games left before playing in State Districts. The Warriors are now 4-6 with a team goal of having a winning season. The Warriors hope that with less skillful teams up ahead that they can rise back up to the wining season status for the 2016 season.