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Lions get big 2nd Half effort in Substate opener

On Monday, Linn-Mar traveled to Muscatine, who played host to the Substate opener between the Lions and the North Scott Lancers.  The Lions lit the scoreboard 4 times in the second half, en route to a 5-2 win, advancing to the semi-final against the Little Hawks of IC-City High.

Scoring Summary

  • 12th min: LM Goal-Brandon Raus, Assist-Danny Peak
  • 31st min: NS Goal-Max Solis
  • 45th min: NS Goal-Dylan Belk
  • 57th min: LM Goal-Danny Peak, unassisted
  • 73rd min: LM Goal-Kody Waterman, Assist-Danny Peak
  • 77th min: LM Goal-Kody Waterman, unassisted
  • 79th min: LM Goal-Mohamed Tawfik, Assist 1-Grant Wagner, Assist 2-Danny Peak

Shots/Shots on Goal

  • Linn-Mar: 22/12
  • North Scott: 8/5

Corners

  • Linn-Mar: 7
  • North Scott: 2

Free Kicks Taken

  • Linn-Mar: 1
  • North Scott: 9
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Linn-Mar Challenger Cup comes to an end

In 2012, shortly after the opening of the new Linn-Mar Stadium, Head Coach Corey Brinkmeyer and Athletic Director Scott Mahmens invited 5 area teams to be part of the inaugural Linn-Mar Challenger Cup.  The goal was to show off the stadium, play some extra non-conference games, and play more games in front of their home fans.

Since then, the Lions have won their own tournament 4 times, including three consecutive times from 2014-2016.  This will be the final year of the tournament which has struggled to cover the operating expenses involved in running this type of event.

Follow @LinnMarSoccer on Twitter for updates on all of the games.

2017 Tournament Results

9:00   Linn-Mar vs Mt. Vernon
10:30  Cedar Falls vs West Liberty
12:00  Mt. Vernon vs Muscatine
1:30    Linn-Mar vs West Liberty
3:00   Muscatine vs Cedar Falls

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2017 LM Challenger Cup Details

Today's Starting Lineup

Today’s Starting Lineup

After a wet couple of weeks, we welcomed the sun and some warmth to Linn-Mar Stadium, in addition to some great local talent. The Lions started the day, and the tournament, playing Mt. Vernon.  After a slow start, Linn-Mar found the back of the net in the 52nd minute as Brandon Raus (freshman) sprung Mohammed Tawfik (sophomore). As Tawfik got behind the defense, he crossed the ball to far post-runner Cade Sanders for the first of two goals, against the Mustangs. In the 58th minute the Lions crashed the goal and Raus would cleanup his own rebound, and the Lions earned their first win of the season. Man of the Match, Mohammed Tawfik.

Today's Starting Lineup

Today’s Starting Lineup

In the second game, Linn-Mar would face Muscatine, one of the remaining three teams who have played in the tournament since its inception. Despite the results, improvement has been steady every game, and for the first time, the team truly looked confident. The Lions had their chances offensively, but could not find the back of the net in regulation and overtime procedure for the tournament is Penalty Kicks. Despite practicing daily, Linn-Mar came up short after 7 kicks were taken, and the day was done for the home team. There would be no Championship this year, but a lot was gained in their two game. Man of the Match, Kody Waterman.

In the Championship, West Liberty seemed to have the early momentum, but no goals were scored in the first half. In the second half, momentum started to shift towards Muscatine, and late in the half, the Muskies found “the ole onion bag”, and held on for a 1-0 win.

Linn-Mar will quickly have to regroup as the Lions host perennial power Iowa City West on Monday. Fresh-Soph will play first at 5:15, followed by the Varsity game at 7. The Jr Varsity team will also be in action Monday night, but on the road at Prairie, schedule dot kick off at 5:45.

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