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ISSUE 120 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/29/2006

Struggles continue for men's soccer

By Monica Southworth
Contributing Writer

Friday, September 29, 2006

After beginning the 2006 campaign 2-0, the St. Olaf men’s soccer team is searching for answers after their latest defeat to non-conference UW-Oshkosh pushed their overall record to 2-4-1.

On Wednesday, the Oles hosted a strong Wartburg team that carried only one loss on the season. After a scoreless first half, the Knights’ Harrison Kimbombo-Lugujjo struck a shot past Eric Smith ’08, who had eight saves in the contest. The game-winner lifted the Knights to a 1-0 non-conference victory.

Wartburg had 16 shots, 12 in the second half, while St. Olaf only recorded eight total.

On Saturday, the Oles welcomed Concordia-Moorehead to Rolf Melby Field with the hope of regaining confidence against a mediocre Cobbers team.

St. Olaf outshot the Knights 19-12, but neither team was able to find the net, resulting in a 0-0 draw. The tie gave both teams their first point in the MIAC standings.

Head Coach Kurt Anderson was not discouraged by the result. Rather, he praised the efforts of his players.

“It’s unlucky we didn’t get a goal,” Anderson said. “The kids did very well, but it doesn’t always show on the scoreboard.”

Sunday’s contest against UW-Oshkosh extended the Oles’ winless streak to five. In addition, the Oles’ will have to deal without key defender Andrew Gastineau ‘07, who received a second caution in the same match, resulting in a red card. Gastineau will sit out the match against Bethel on Wednesday.

UW-Oshkosh registered 16 shots, while the Oles only managed four. The goals came in the 40th and 75th minutes for the Titans.

St. Olaf has only scored one goal in their last five games. Fortunately for the Oles, they have the chance to get back on track as four of their next five matches are against sub-.500 opponents.

Standing 2-4-1 overall and 0-2-1 in MIAC play, St. Olaf travels to last-place Bethel University for a MIAC match at 4 p.m on Sept 27. The men will host conference power Gustavus on Sept. 30 and non-conference Northwestern College on Oct 3.

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