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Men’s Soccer – Lakers Edge North Country at Home, 2-1

Men’s Soccer – Lakers Edge North Country at Home, 2-1

CANANDAIGUA – A day after falling to SUNY Delhi at home – 2-1 – the Lakers flipped the script on Sunday by taking a game of their own – 2-1. Yesterday's victory, which came against North Country CC, was Finger Lakes fifth on the season. On what was a miserable day in terms of the weather, the Lakers (5-9-1, 1-2 MSAC) and the visiting Saints, played a physical game – amongst a rain soaked field.

Sunday's pairing had a script of its own – which consisted of all three helpers being notched in half one – followed by a scoreless final 45 minutes. North Country claimed the first goal of the afternoon just 5 minutes into the meeting. The Saints tallied the score via a free kick.

20 minutes later – the Lakers answered North Country with a goal of their own. At the 25th minute marker, freshman Michael Cooper discovered the back of the Saints net to knot the game at one. Tyler Coyle was on the assisting side of it.   

Just 9 minutes later, Cooper was involved in FLCC's offense yet again. This time, he was on the passing end of a helper – a helper that was had by Lakers defender Ryan Haines.

After Haines found the netting in the back of the Saints goal, the game would proceed to take a turn – from an offensive standpoint. The score would read 2-1 at intermission – and then after intermission – it would remain frozen for the duration of the contest.

The second 45 minutes of the game was a half that consisted of non-stop defensive efforts between both clubs. The Lakers did an excellent job of pressing their opponents zone – in search of an insurance goal – but the Saints keeper did a superb job of stopping several FLCC shots. Finger Lakes and North Country kept each other's offenses at bay post Haines goal.

The Saints winning record, which now stands at 7-4 on the season, mirrors that of an athletically talented team. They posed a threat on the Lakers coming into the game, but it would be FLCC who would prevail – on the damp day.

Overall, the Lakers nudged North Country in the shooting department – 6-5. In the winning effort, FLCC's keeper Shane Bly stopped 4 of the Saints 5 shots on goal.

In their next contest, North Country will be at home this Saturday (10/6) when they are set to take on Onondaga CC.

The Lakers will return to action on Wednesday (10/3) when they are scheduled to play St. John Fisher J.V. at home. The game, which will mark there fourth consecutive at home, will kickoff at 4:00 p.m.