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ISSUE 118 VOL 4 PUBLISHED 10/8/2004

Soccer scores split

By Ken Foote
Executive Editor

Friday, October 8, 2004

After a 4-1 demolition of Bethel brought the St. Olaf womens soccer teams conference record back to .500, the Oles dropped back below the break-even mark with a tough 2-1 loss to MIAC power St. Bens on Sunday.

Traveling for the first time since a Sept. 16 match at Gustavus, the Oles made themselves at home, outplaying the Blazers early and dictating the tempo. Emily Klamm 05 nearly put the Black and Gold on top in the 21st minute, but her shot caromed off the crossbar. However, Klamm would factor in the matchs first goal, assisting on Kelsey Watts 07 third goal of the season. Watt, an all-conference selection last year, leads the team in scoring with 12 points.

It looked like the teams would head to the break with the Oles up 1-0, but the Blazers scored the equalizer with less than five minutes left in the opening stanza on a header from Lisa Bennet.

The teams battled to a scoreless standstill for 35 minutes following the half, but St. Bens began asserting their will. The Blazers front line continued to push the ball deep into Ole territory and challenge the St. Olaf defense.

Anna Feigum 07, one of three Ole goalies to see time this season, withstood the barrage admirably, making seven saves, five in the second half.

The relentless attack paid of in the 82nd minute when Megan McVoy notched an unassisted goal for the game-winner. McVoy also recorded an assist on the Blazers first goal.

For the game, the Oles were outshot 13-9 as St. Bens improved to 4-1 in the MIAC and moved into a second-place tie with Macalester.

Ironically, St. Olaf indirectly avenged the loss to the Blazers by beating Luther 3-1 Wednesday. The Norse beat St. Bens 3-2 earlier this season.

Despite being outshot 20-13, the Oles rode the strength of three first-half goals to a hard-fought win in a contest that featured 11 combined fouls and a Luther player receiving a yellow card.

Kaia Knutson 06 got the Oles on the board first just over 10 minutes into the game. Watt, continuing her fine offensive season, tallied the second goal of the contest less than 20 minutes later. Lindsay Ruisch 06 netted the insurance goal seconds before the end of the half.

Oddly enough, all three scores were unassisted.

Luther standout Katie Pettigrew scored the lone Norse goal, her 11th of the young season.

Feigum provided stingy defense in goal once again, stopping 10 Luther shots, including all six that found their way on net in the first half.

The win brings the Oles back to 6-4-0 overall. The team will need a win when they return to conference action Sunday against Macalester to reach the .500 mark in the MIAC.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be the last time St. Olaf plays under the lights this season.

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