Men’s soccer draws on Friday, wins big on Sunday


Photo by James Tananan Kamnuedkhun

Lions junior Leon Silva (right) gets tackled by Hector Marin. The Lions played to a 0-0 draw against the Drury Panthers.

The Lindenwood men’s soccer team tied with Drury University on Oct. 25 and won, 7-1, against Southwest Baptist University on Oct. 27.

The draw with Drury University has remained a theme for the Lions this season, with four of their matches ending in a tie. Although the Lions held the advantage in shots, 17-11, and shots on goal, 4-3, the offense couldn’t break the 0-0 score.

The first half saw the Drury’s University offense aggressiveness, taking the advantage on shots by a 7-1 margin. With limited opportunities early in the match, the Lions defense held down the fort, not allowing the Panthers to score.

The closest the Lions got to scoring came in the 67th minute when Mandlenkosi Seremani took a shot from inside the box, but the Panther’s goalkeeper saved the ball.

Through the rest of regulation and two overtimes, the match remained scoreless, resulting in the Lions fourth tie of the season.

On Sunday, the Lions offense put on a show in the second half, scoring seemingly at will. In the first half, the Lions had 15 shots, seven of which were on goal resulting in two goals. Leon Silva opened the game with a goal in the 10th minute, his first of two goals during the match. The next goal in the first half would come from an assist by Noah Savage to Alex Imig in the 32nd minute, pushing the Lions lead to 2-0.

The second half saw goals from Silva, Joshua Scholl, Luke McBeth, Malek Akar-Jackson and Andres Gutierrez. Entering the match, the Lions had scored only nine second-half goals all season. The seven goals are the most scored in a match since 2016. McBeth’s goal in the 77th minute added to his team-leading 22 points.

At 7-4-4 overall, the postseason is approaching quickly for the Lions as the final two matches of the season are away games at Quincy University on Nov. 1 and at Truman State University on Nov. 3.