Against Wartburg, the one-two punch of Kelsey Watt 07 and Monica Sharrat 10 was crucial in the victory.
In the 15th minute, Jenny Kallas 09 struck a corner kick that found the head of Monica Sharrat 10, giving the Oles a 1-0 lead.
Shortly into the second half, in the 51st minute, Sharrat distributed the ball to Watt, who scored what would prove to be the game winner. The goal earned a spot in the St. Olaf womens soccer record book.
Watt tied the school record for career goals, upping her tally to 32 for her stint at St. Olaf.
Only seconds after Watts goal, Wartburg rebounded with a goal of its own, increasing the pressure on the Oles defensively.
Pressure up front from the Knights led to a shot in the final seconds, but St. Olafs Anna Feigum 08 was able to make the stop. Feigum had seven saves, four of which came in the second half.
Head Coach Jeremy Driver was pleased his teams effort.
I thought we did a better job of taking advantage of the opportunity we created, Driver said. We defended very well as a group and limited Wartburg to only a few chances to score. Its always good to get positive results from a non-region competitor.
The non-conference game against Wartburg created high hopes for the Cobbers of Concordia-Moorehead, which proved short-lived.
The Oles and Cobbers played to a tie after 45 minutes. After the intermission, the Cobbers Jill Fanchers shot found the back of the net. Rachel Lewis also provided an insurance goal in the 80th minute for Concordia.
The Oles only managed two shots on target, while the Cobbers tallied 11.
We battled hard in the first half, Driver said. They took advantage of a couple of breakdowns in the second half. They have a very strong team and strong program. Were just hoping to get things headed in the right direction. Were hoping to get some results this week.
The Oles will begin a road stint on Sept. 30, when the women travel to Gustavus. On Oct. 1, the Oles will face non-conference UW-Eau Claire.