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ISSUE 120 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/6/2006

Men snap streak, lose to Gustavus

By Monica Southworth
Contributing Writer

Friday, October 6, 2006

Searching for answers following a scoring draught of three games and a record of 0-3-1 in their previous four games, the St. Olaf men’s soccer team found what they needed Wednesday: Their first conference win and, more importantly, some confidence.

Mark Zietlow ’09 scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute to win the game.

Head Coach Kurt Anderson was pleased with the team’s performance against the Bethel Royals.

“We played a strong game,” Anderson said. “Mark’s shot was well executed and he played very well.”

Although playing without key defender Andrew Gastineau ’07 because of a previous red card in the game against UW-Oshkosh, the Oles still managed to find a way to win.

Goal keeper Erik Smith stopped six Royals’ shots to improve his record to 3-3-1. The Oles had 18 shots compared to the Royals’ 16.

Feeling optimistic going into the weekend game against the Gusties of Gustavus, the Oles were stopped short in adding to their newly built streak.

The Gusties outshot the Oles 12 to nine. Gustie Mike Butterworth scored the eventual game winner in the 61st minute, assisted by teammate Jack Underwood.

Gusties head coach Larry Zelenz, now in his 21st season, said he felt fortunate to come out ahead.

“We always look forward to playing St. Olaf because of the strength of the program.” said Zelenz.

Anderson said he felt the team played fairly well and is not upset with the end result.

“We just need to find a way to get opportunities and take advantage of them within the 90 minutes” Anderson said.

The Oles will spend the next week and a half playing non-conference games in preparation for the MIAC stretch.

The next game for the team will be Oct. 8 when the Oles travel to Luther. Following this, they travel to Texas for a pair of non-conference games over Fall Break.

“We consistently take the last game we played and improve on it,” said Anderson. “We’re not going to give up.”

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