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ISSUE 119 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 9/30/2005

Soccer stops skid

By Reed Favero
Contributing Writer
and Tony Olson
Contributing Writer

Friday, September 30, 2005

Winless since the beginning of September, the women's soccer team is now starting to emerge from its season-long funk. The Oles stopped a six-game losing skid (which started on Sept. 7) with victories in their two most recent games.

Against Luther College Sunday at home, the Oles managed a solid victory. Jess Magnuson '09, Watt and Katie Bierlein '07 all recorded goals in the Oles' 3-1 triumph. Liz Tanner '07 and Jenny Kallas '09 were the dime-droppers in this event, recording assists to Magnuson and Watt, respectively.

St. Olaf's impressive and improved play against Luther demonstrated a team performing with new resolve, evidenced by their victory against Bethel University on Tuesday night in Arden Hills, Minn. The Oles defeated the Royals 5-1, earning their first MIAC win.

The Oles took a 3-0 halftime lead, with goals from Kaia Knutson '06. Jenny Kallas '09, and Kira Price '08. Knutson made it 4-0 with her second goal in the second half, followed by one goal from Karen Thiebes '08 in the final minute of the game. The Oles outshot Bethel 25-7.

On Sept. 16, took on the College of St. Benedict at home. The Oles' offense struggled, only getting four shots on goal.

As a result, with six shot attempts and two successful goals, the Blazers came by with enough to win the competition 2-0 in regulation.

Following the loss to St. Ben's, St. Olaf played on Sept. 18 against Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. A strong performance was put forth by forward Kelsey Watt '07.

Watt recorded her second collegiate hat-trick with three goals, all in the second half. However, this shining effort would not be quite enough to emerge victorious. The competition ended with Wartburg defeating St. Olaf 4-3.

The Oles lost their fourth straight game on Saturday against the Concordia Cobbers in Moorhead, Minn. The Oles were out-shot in the match 23-8 and lost the game 3-0.

St. Olaf's next competition will take place Oct. 1 against Gustavus at 11:00 a.m.

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