The Linden varsity boys soccer team needed a win and then needed some help to capture a Metro League title on Monday night.
The Eagles did their part of the equation, defeating the Swartz Creek Dragons 3-1.
However, Lapeer West defeated Fenton 1-0, earning West the league crown. Linden needed Fenton to tie West in order to earn a share of the title.
The Eagles (6-0-2, 11-2-2) took a 2-0 lead in the first half. Zach Bakos scored on an assist from Kyle Frederick to start the scoring. Before the half was over, Kevin Wright scored on a Bakos assist.
Both teams scored a goal in the second half. Patrick Lubahn scored Linden’s goal unassisted off goalie deflection.
In net, Collin Hoeberling had three saves, earning the victory. Linden dominated play for the most part, enjoying a 21-6 shot advantage against Creek.
The Eagles opened the Metro League season with two draws, meaning to have a chance at the title they probably needed to win their final six games. But in the process, they still would’ve needed help to win the title. The Eagles did rattle off six league victories after the draws to Fenton and Holly, but needed Fenton to earn the draw with West to share the crown with Fenton. Instead, West’s win gave the Eagles second place outright, while Fenton finished third.
The Linden JV team earned a 4-0 victory. Trystan Hughes LeFavour and Cameron Davis had two goals each for the Eagles.