Monday, February 27, 2017

Life Hold On To Beat Lindenwood

It was a battle of two of the best college teams in the country over the weekend and the two best teams on the eastern part of the country as Life hosted Lindenwood in a Mid-South battle. It was as good as anticipated and ended with Life holding on to win 24-18. Expect these two teams to bring the intensity later in the season as Lindenwood hosts the Running Eagles.

Cody Melphy got the match started with a penalty seven minutes in. It took another seven minutes for a score to come but it was Lindenwood that answered with a penalty from Nick Feakes. The first try of the match came around the 25 minute mark. Off a Lindenwood penalty Duncan Van Schalkwyk took a quick tap and eventually his brother Zander scored to give Life a 10-3 lead after the conversion. Lindenwood would get another penalty from Feakes but a charged down kick allowed Melphy to end the half at 17-6.

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Still, it wasn't a perfect ending to the half for Life as Melphy was yellow carded for stamping. Unfortunately for Lindenwood they weren't able to come up with points with the man advantage and not long after Melphy came back on the pitch Wesley Parker was sent to the bin for throwing the ball at a Life player.

As the card came to an end Duncan Van Schalkwyk scored a try to extend Life's lead to 24-6. Still, Lindenwood weren't dead and some good hard work led to Mike Baska and Colten Hernandez scoring tries. Unfortunately for them they weren't able to find more as Life held on for the win.

After the match Lindenwood head coach Josh Macy said: "It was an encouraging day overall. We bested the Running Eagles in a lot of areas of the pitch and heaped pressure onto them for much of the game. We know they’ll come back stronger in a month when we host them. We have to best their efforts every day from now until then in order to win the next one."

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