The Lindenwood-Belleville men’s basketball team clinched back-to-back American Midwest Conference championships and advancement to the NAIA tournament.
Guillermo Chinchilla and Sebastian Reyes scored for the Lynx to complete a 2-1comeback win against Park University and win the AMC title Saturday.
The Lynx surrendered the first goal of the game in the 40th minute when all-conference performer, Tim Kloster put the Pirates ahead with an unassisted goal. Two Lynx defenders got tangled in the box, giving Kloster an easy chip to score the game's first goal.
From there out, the Lynx defense played exceptionally, limiting the home team’s scoring chances.
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As it looked like the Lynx would go into the half down a goal, they were awarded a penalty kick after being taken down in the box by Arnold Kyaruzi. Chinchilla, an AMC first-team pick, connected with the penalty kick, beating goalie Lucas Vallilo and tying the game with less than a minute before halftime.
It was Chinchilla's fourth goal of the season.
In the very physical, and hard fought second half, Reyes came up with the eventual game winner off the corner from Alberto Barroso. Reyes now has three goals on the season.
In the final minute, Park put the pressure on the Lynx, but Nicolas Nicolaci proved why he is considered one of the best goalies in the league, stopping each shot attempt the Pirates put on net.
With the win, the Lynx will appear in their second straight NAIA tournament, and become the first team in Lindenwood-Belleville history to make it to two national tournaments.
The NAIA selection show will be on Monday. The Lynx will find out then who and where they will play in the opening round.The first round is located at a host school and the 16 winners will advance to Delray Beach, Florida for the NAIA finals Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.