KIRTLAND, Ohio – Lakeland Community College men's soccer scored first but Schoolcraft College quickly answered in the first half to begin a five-goal run to hand the Lakers a 5-2 loss Friday afternoon.
The loss is Lakeland's first of the season overall and in conference as the Lakers fall to 2-1-0 in both Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and overall.
Carlos Pesso did start off the match for Lakeland with a goal, his fifth of the season, in the 23rd minute but then Schoolcraft answered with five consecutive goals. Olivier Fevrier Sildor assisted on the opening goal to Pesso and on the closing goal to Ivan Matkovic in the 70th minute.
Schoolcraft came out strong in the opening 20 minutes and fired a handful of shots at Lakeland keeper Aaron Hafer but it was the Lakers striking first on a counter. Sildor was able to wire a pass to Pesso in front of the goal and Pesso buried the ball into the net for a quick 1-0 Lakeland lead.
It only took Schoolcraft two minutes to answer and then the visitors added two more goals before halftime to claim a 3-1 lead at the break. Schoolcraft tacked on two goals in the first 23 minutes of the second half to take a 5-1 lead in the 68th minute.
Lakeland still showed some fight, even with a four-goal deficit. The Lakers earned a corner kick in the 70th minute and Sildor lined a pass to Matkovic who scored the second goal for Lakeland to get within 5-2. That would be the final goal scored by the Lakers in the three-goal loss.
Lakeland will face Schoolcraft again, this time at Schoolcraft on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m.
For more information about Lakeland athletics, visit www.athletics.lakelandcc.edu.
About Lakeland Community College
Founded in 1967, Lakeland Community College was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to our mission, Lakeland provides quality learning opportunities to meet the social and economic needs of the community.
Offering day, evening, weekend and online classes, the college serves more than 10,800 credit and 2,800 noncredit students (2016). For more information about the College, visit www.lakelandcc.edu.