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No. 9 Tigers upset at home

Published on -9/28/2012, 9:13 AM

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By KLINT SPILLER

kspiller@dailynews.net

Fort Hays State University junior forward Daniel Peralta had a simple explanation for the men's soccer team's 1-0 loss to No. 21 Lindenwood University on Thursday at FHSU Soccer Stadium.

Peralta said the Tigers simply didn't play with enough intensity for all 90 minutes of the match and it cost them.

Each team traded offensive surges in the first half, and the Tigers had multiple opportunities to score.

But in the second half, it was a completely different story as Lindenwood dominated the game. FHSU didn't threaten until the final 10 minutes.

"It's a team effort, so when one team wants to win more and puts more effort in, that's what happens," Peralta said. "They win the game. We came out a little bit flat in the second half. We didn't have the energy we needed to, and that's the result."

FHSU head coach Brett Parker said his players understood the magnitude of the match against Lindenwood.

It pitted FHSU, ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division II, against Lindenwood, who rose into the national rankings on Tuesday for the first time this season.

The match also had conference implications, with FHSU and LU at No. 1 and No. 2 in the standings, respectively.

The Tigers dropped to 7-2 and 3-1 in the MIAA and now are third in the conference standings, while Lindenwood improved to 6-1-2 and 3-0-1 in the MIAA, rising to No. 1 in the league.

"It's a chance against one of the top four teams to separate ourselves a little bit more," Parker said. "It was a massive game, and the guys knew it. We were ready. We were prepared. We had a good week of training, but it didn't carry over for 90 minutes."

The loss also will likely drop FHSU in the NSCAA NCAA Division II Central region rankings to No. 2 behind Lindenwood.

"We'll certainly drop behind them, deservedly," Parker said.

Lindenwood junior defender Craig McTear put his team up in the 58th minute, scoring on a header off a corner kick. The ball bounced off one of his teammates, and he buried it in the net.

It was one of Lindenwood's eight shots in the second half. FHSU only had three.

"It just came down to effort," Parker said. "We didn't have any energy. Moving off the ball was non-existent in the second half, and we deservedly got beaten."

FHSU had multiple attacks in the first half that nearly resulted in goals.

In the 29th and 17th minutes, senior forward Tomas Mares attempted to set his teammates, but sophomore Diego Cabral's shot sailed high from near the goal and Peralta's shot rolled right of the post, respectively.

It was a physical match as well.

Four yellow cards were given. Mares received one in the 52nd minute for a tackle from behind, and three Lindenwood players received yellow cards.

The Tigers threatened again in the final 10 minutes, posting three shots on goal, but it was too little too late.

"You can't just play a few minutes," Peralta said. "You have to play the full 90 minutes, and we didn't do that today."

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