Liz Tanner 07 and Jess Magnuson 09 scored early to give the Oles a 2-0 lead, which they maintained for the duration of the game, while goalkeeper Emily Rolfsmeyer 07 stonewalled the Carleton offense, making three saves and tallying her fifth shut-out of the season.
The womens team finished its season 5-6-0 in MIAC play and 7-9-1 overall.
Kurt Anderson, head coach of both the womens and mens squads, was upbeat despite his teams losing record.
Its a great group of kids, and they work hard, Anderson said.
The 2005 soccer season had its highs and lows for the Ole women; they lost six straight games early in the season, but won six out of their last nine games. The girls rounded out the last half of their season with good matches, Anderson said.
There were some ups and downs, Chelsea Gordon 06 said. We started out not doing as well as we expected, but we had a turnaround. We just didnt finish where we hoped to, unfortunately.
Despite a mediocre season, optimism is running high in the Ole camp. We played a couple different systems, which was a little bit of an adjustment, but towards the end of the season we were improving in all parts of the field, midfielder Jenny Weitzig 08 said.
Magnuson agreed. When we did start to win it seemed like everything was clicking. We really pulled it together towards the middle of the season, she said.
The 2005 season was not without its highlights for the Ole women. Their 5-0 victory over St. Catherines and their four-game winning streak near the end of the season were huge confidence boosters for the team.
Hennessy Wadell 08 attributed their victories to good communication and solid teamwork.
We learned how to read each other and play as a team, she said. When we went 5-0 against St. Kates we walked on the field and we had it, and we kept it for the entire game.
We have some incredible talents on the team, defender Karen Thiebes 08 said. We played a lot more comfortably towards the end of the season.
The St. Olaf mens soccer team, which lost 1-0 to Carleton on Saturday, finished its season 4-5-1 in the MIAC, and 6-10-1 overall. The Oles' 2005 season was plagued by injuries. Senior midfielders Grant Collins and Ryan Franz both suffered foot injuries, and Mike Peabody 07 was lost to injury before the season even began.
We had quite a few expectations after last season, but player injuries hurt the continuity of our team, Anderson remarked. In spite of the injuries, the kids hung together and played strong.
Like their counterparts on the womens team, the men are optimistic about next season.
We didnt do as well as we couldve hoped, but we still progressed through the year even though the record doesnt show it, midfielder Mark Zietlow 09 said.
Despite the disappointing season, Anderson and the team have enjoyed their time on the field. Its always fun to be together working out, Anderson said. We have a great core of kids.