Lakota United Soccer Club - Lynx: Tournaments 2005

October 2005 - Lynx Finalists at Nightmare at the Rock
Nightmare 05
The Lynx travelled to Center Grove, Indiana to compete in the Nightmare at the Rock on October 22/23, 2005. To play the 8v8 format the Lynx were forced top play up in the U11 age group and were put in the top bracket by the selection commitee.
The Lynx started with a solid 2-0 victory over Hoosiers FC (Noblesville, In). The second game saw the Lynx trail 2-1 at halftime against a much bigger & stronger Atletico Flames FC (Elizabethtown, Ky). However, a stunning display of passing and teamwork in the second half saw the Lynx stage a dramatic comeback win 4-2. Needing a tie in the final pool game to advance to the final, the Lynx did exactly that against the Michigan Hawks (Livonia, Mi). The Lynx trailed early 1-0 after the Hawks were gifted a goal by the linesman, but battled back to force a 1-1 tie.
The Lynx faced the Indy Burn in the final. Although only a year older than the Lynx, these girls were huge and they used their size and speed to jump out to a quick 2 goal lead. The Burn added a third goal just before half time. In the second half, the Lynx showed tremendous spirit, not allowing the Burn to score again and producing more scoring opportunities than their older opponents.
What a great weekend! The Lynx played up an age group in the top bracket, advanced to the final and brought home a trophy, showing how much talent and heart these girls possess.

September 2005 - Lynx Head Home Early in MEAD CUSA Cup
The Lynx were eliminated in the pool stages of the MEAD CUSA Cup over the Labor Day weekend. In the first game the Lynx met the much improved MTSC Blue Streak. The Lynx started strongly, dominating the early going and taking a one goal lead. However, the Lynx lost their way in the second half, allowing MTSC to tie the game 1-1. In the second game the Lynx had their way with FC Blast (Columbus, OH) winning 7-1 and setting up a deciding match with the Strongsville Lady Mustangs. Despite only needing a draw to advance, Strongsville came out attacking and took the lead half way through the first half. The Lynx played much better in the second half, but couldn't find a way through the Strongsville defense and the game ended with the Lady Mustangs getting a deserved 1-0 victory and advancing to the semi-finals.

August 2005 - Lynx Finalists in Arsenal Challenge Cup Again
ACC 05
The Lynx made it to the final of the Arsenal Challenge Cup only to lose in the final for the second year in a row.
The Lynx started strongly in their first game, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes against against the Michigan Hawks. However, just before half time two Lynx players were taken sick and the extreme heat and humidity affected several other players. Struggling to get 8 fit players onto the field in the second half, the Lynx heroically held on for a 2-2 tie and keep themselves alive in the tournament. With no margin for error, the Lynx produced two flawless performances in the remaining pool games, beating Fairfield Fire 4-0 and Beavercreek Celtics 5-0 to advance to the final on superior goal difference.
The final set up a re-match with the Novi Jaguars (Novi, MI) and the chance for the Lynx to avenge the loss in the final of the Warrior Classic. However, the Jaguars again proved to be the better side, their strong defense limiting the Lynx to few shots on goal and winning 2-0.

May 2005 - Lynx Runners Up at Warrior Classic
The Lynx had an outstanding Memorial Day weekend, placing second in the adidas Warrior Classic in Dayton, OH.
The Lynx cruised through their pool games with dominant victories over Brighton Eclipse (Michigan) 7-0, Beavercreek Celtics 6-1 & Cincinnati West Wildfire 4-1. In the semi final CUSA (Centerville, OH) played the Lynx close for much of the game, before the Lynx scored late to record a comfortable 4-0 victory. In the final the Lynx matched up with Novi Jaguars for a classic game. Initially the Jaguars defense shut down the Lynx offense and when Novi took an early lead things looked bleak for the Lynx. However, the Lynx tied the score with a rare shot on goal. The Jaguars hit back immediately making the score 2-1 at half-time. In the second half the Lynx forwards finally figured out the Jaguars defense and put more and more pressure on the Michigan team's goal. The Lynx came close to scoring several times, hammering the ball off of the cross bar in the final minutes, but were unable to force the game into overtime.

April 2005 - Lynx Triumphant in Miami Spring Classic
Miami 05
Unseasonably cold and wet weather could not prevent the Lynx from taking the honors at the Miami University Spring Classic on April 24/25. Saturday saw the Lynx get comfortable victories over NCSL Eagles (Columbus, OH) 3-0 and Ohio Elite 6-2. The Lynx woke up on Sunday morning to find snow covered fields, delaying their game against Cincinnati West Wildfire for an hour. Once the game started the Lynx coped better with the frigid conditions taking a convincing 5-1 victory.
Although the snow had gone by the final against Cincinnati Classics Hammer the wind had picked up. The Lynx had the perfect start, scoring in the second minute. The Lynx controlled the game with the Classics rarely able to get the ball into Lynx territory. Despite having two good goals disallowed by the refereeing officials the Lynx won the championship with a 2-0 victory.

March 2005 - Lynx Dominant in Middletown Spring Blast
Middletown 05
The Lynx began their 2005 Spring campaign with a dominant display in the Middletown Spring Blast winning all four games, scoring 14 goals and conceding just one.
In their first game the Lynx played virtually the whole first half in the STAR Tiger's territory but somehow failed to score. At the start of the first half the Tiger's first breakaway led to a goal after a goal keeping error. With the threat of thunder imminent the Lynx countered with 3 quick goals before the game was called with 8 minutes remaining. The other pool games resulted in comfortable victories; 3-0 over COSA Express (Columbus, OH) and 5-0 over Warren County Red.
The Lynx faced local rivals LSC Hawks in an all Lakota final. The Lynx controlled the game, allowing the Hawks very few forays into the Lynx penalty area, on their way to a 3-0 victory.