Men’s soccer blanks Upper Iowa 3-0


Michele Ganz, No.22 scores his 11th goal on the season in 3-0 win against Upper Iowa University.
Photo by Lindenwood Athletics

KYLE RHINE | Reporter

The Lindenwood men’s soccer team defeated conference opponent Upper Iowa by the score of 3-0 Sunday in Fayette, Iowa. This is the second victory Lindenwood has against the Peacocks this season.

For the most of the first half, the game was scoreless until freshman Michele Ganz scored on a strike inside the box giving Lindenwood the lead in the 41st minute. Ganz has scored in five straight games and now has 11 goals on the season.

“No matter what the circumstances are, we have to play better than anyone,” Ganz said.

The Lions made it 2-0 on a goal from Joshua Scholl, his second goal on the season. Ganz and Gabriel Jaimes were credited with an assists on the play.

In the 70th minute, Jose de Gregorio scored on a corner kick giving the Lions a 3-0 lead

Goalie Tim Licht was strong in goal as he recorded five saves in the game and registered his third shutout on the season.

The Lions outshot the Peacocks 21-8 in the game, including 10 shots on target compared to Upper Iowa’s five, according to Lindenwood Athletics.

Lindenwood has four games remaining on its schedule, and forward Steven Lilanko sees the importance of these games.

“We take every win in stride because we know there are four tougher opponents ahead, and we can’t expect anything less than winning the rest of our games,” Lilanko said.

Lindenwood is now 8-5 on the season and improved to 3-2 in the MIAA conference. The Lions’ next game will be against Harding University at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, in Searcy, Arkansas.