With one more game left in the Flint Metro League boys soccer season, all the Linden Eagles can do is perform well on Monday and wait.
After earning a 2-1 victory against Lapeer East on Wednesday, the Eagles remain in the Metro title race, but will need some luck to shine their way to do so. First off, Linden must win Monday’s 5 p.m. contest at Swartz Creek. If the Eagles do that, then they might still have a chance at a league title depending on what happens in Fenton’s home game against West at 6:45 p.m. that same date.
Fenton enters Monday’s action in first place with a 6-0-1 record, good for 19 points. Lapeer West is 6-1-0 (18 points), while Linden (5-0-2) has 17 points. The winner of the Fenton-West game will win the title outright. However, if the contest ends in a draw, Linden could finish tied with Fenton for a co-Metro championship.
“The race is what it is,” Linden coach Kevin Fiebernitz said. “We had two games against two rivals, which we tied. ... We’ll have to take care of business against Creek and see what happens.”
Linden’s 2-1 victory against East has kept the door open slightly for the Eagles. After a scoreless first half, East took a 1-0 lead about midway through the second half on a Sean Bopra goal. However, Zach Bakos responded late, scoring two goals, earning the Eagles the win.
Linden (10-2-2 overall) enjoyed an 8-3 shot lead.
“We actually out-played them,” Fiebernitz said. “We are playing pretty solid. We are just not finishing. We are getting opportunities but can’t capitalize.
“I like the way we are playing. We are defending well. We just need to find a way to put the ball in the net.”
Colin Hoeberling made one save, earning the victory in net.