Flivvs, Redmen tie again
By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD – Two matches. Two draws. To be continued.
Kingsford and Marquette boys soccer teams played to another deadlock after 80 minutes Tuesday at Commemorative Field. Like a 2-2 decision in September, both teams accepted a 1-1 tie and did not play overtime.
“Whenever we play Marquette, we usually go to a tie,” Kingsford Coach Alex Milinski said. “It’s only appropriate to do it here as well.
“Two games with Marquette. Two ties. That’s not bad at all.”
After a scoreless first half, Kingsford netted the first goal with 28:29 showing and Marquette evened it up almost 10 minutes later.
“I think both of us are happy to walk away with a tie,” Marquette Coach Matt Tebo said. “Kingsford is a very good team.”
Kingsford had its moments but Marquette had the most opportunities in the scoreless first half.
“We were a little soft coming out in the first half,” Tebo said. “It was very much up in the air.”
Marquette, coming off a competitive win over Marinette, rested for three days and practiced Monday. Tebo regretted the long break, to some extent.
“I think you can get a little complacent with all the soccer we’ve had,” Tebo said. “This season has been non-stop.
“No disrespect to Kingsford but I think we went backwards a little bit.”
In the second half, Kingsford’s Collin Hirthe missed an empty netter after goalie Tony Lackey charged out for the save.
Five minutes later, Flivvers’ Zac Stankevich lofted a pass to Austin Crosson who booted home the goal.
“Good game, good team,” Milinski said of playing the Redmen. “I wish we could play them every week. It’s always fun to play against Marquette.
“Unfortunately, we had the same issue we had in Marquette where we couldn’t get that second goal (to break the tie).”
Marquette’s Lehomm Pickard, with assist from Andrew Banitt, knocked in the tying goal at 19:40. The Redmen limited Kingsford to just a couple offensive attacks in the second half.
“I thought we dominated the second half,” Tebo said. “That goal was a tough one to give up. We know they’re dangerous from set pieces.
“We played a lot better in the second half. I think they responded well after a good halftime talk.”
Flivver goalie Josh Hanson stopped two dead-on shots in the second half including one with 80 seconds left. Marquette’s Lackey was also stout in net.
“They always seem to have an extra guy in the middle of the field,” said Milinski when asked about the Flivver offensive doldrums in the second half. “Their two center backs are really solid.
“It just comes down to really good coaching and them knowing the system that they’re playing in.”
Kingsford (11-1-3) returns to action Saturday with matches against Niagara and Ironwood. Marquette (15-5-2) is off until Saturday, Oct. 19, and the U.P. tourney where the Flivvers and Redmen must determine a winner.
“We’ll see them again in 18 days,” said Tebo, who plans to keep his team sharp with scrimmages. “We have a lot of time to prepare for each other.
“They have a lot of games (five) and we have nothing. We have some time to work on things and maybe a secret weapon or two.”
Marquette 0 1 – 1
Kingsford 0 1 – 1
K – Austin Crosson (Zac Stankevich), 28:29.
M – Lehomm Pickard (Andrew Banitt), 19:40.