The men’s soccer team appeared to have outplayed its opponents last weekend, but once again struggled to convert scoring chances into goals, drawing one game and losing another. In the opening game of the road trip to the state of Illinois, Lawrence outshot Illinois College 13-9 and held possession for a majority of the game, but could not get past the Blue Boys’ goaltender Kevin Beermann, who notched six saves. The Lawrence defense kept the Vikings in the game, holding Illinois College to four shots on target, but a 60th-minute corner kick from Cameron Stuart found Travis Wilson, who guided it home for a Blue Boy lead. Wilson’s goal would be enough for Illinois as the 1-0 score held as final, putting to rest any remaining playoff hopes for coach Blake Johnson’s Lawrence squad. With the loss, the Vikings were eliminated from contention for a spot in the Midwest Conference tournament. Despite their lack of postseason hopes, the Vikings headed back onto the field the next day against Monmouth to try to establish a foundation for next season’s play. Lawrence struck first in the 41st minute when freshman midfielder Matt Horn put away a ball from Billy Bunzel. The goal was Horn’s first of his collegiate career. Less than three minutes after Lawrence took the lead, Monmouth answered on a corner kick when Daniel Medina lofted the ball into the box and Andrew Sheller put it away to tie the score. Both teams would have their chances in the second half, but could not convert and the game went to overtime. In overtime, referee Larry McNett chose to tighten his officiating, calling three frivolous fouls and issuing a yellow card before five minutes had elapsed. As any further bookings could have resulted in nextgame suspensions for the players, the two coaches decided to agree to end play and draw. The draw is Lawrence’s fifth of the season, and the Vikings’ record now stands at 3-7-5 (1-3-4 MWC). The Vikings take on St. Norbert Saturday and then close out the season at UW-Superior on Halloween.