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ISSUE 120 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/6/2006

Women's soccer posts improbable win: Victory over 5th ranked Eau Claire adds momentum to stretch run

By Monica Southworth
Contributing Writer


Friday, October 6, 2006

While defeating nationally fifth ranked UW-Eau Claire may have seemed like a far-fetched feat for any team, the St. Olaf women’s soccer team held on for a 1-0 upset victory on Saturday in Eau Claire.

Amy Odland ’07 sailed a corner kick into the back of the net in only the second minute to put the Oles ahead for good. The game was the first loss of the season for the Blugolds, recently ranked first in the NSCAA Central Region Poll.

“Against Eau Claire, we obviously played a very smart and composed game against a nationally ranked opponent and national power,” Driver said. “We had very good results, especially on the road, and the team showed a lot of character.”

Despite 16 Eau Claire shots compared to the Oles’ four, the Oles Anna Feigum ’07 was poised to stop anything sent her way.

Earlier in the week, the Oles won a thriller in overtime as the women gained their first conference win of the season against Carleton.

After scoring in the 14th minute, the Knights were able to fend off any sign of an Ole attack until the 89th minute.

With only 43 seconds remaining, Katie Bierlein ’07 scored, sending the contest into overtime.

The magic was not over for the Oles. This time, with 24 seconds left in the first overtime, Allison Mills ’10 scored against Knights’ goal keeper Charli Sorensen to seal the win.

“It was a very exciting win in the last 40 seconds to tie, and to win in the last 20 of overtime” Driver said. “It shows our willingness to compete and battle on until the last seconds to get the desired results.”

The Oles outshot the Knights 16-6.

With their first conference win under their belt, the Oles traveled to St. Peter looking to build on their emotional victory over Bethel.

In that game, both teams fought for 110 minutes to a 1-1 draw. Bierlein scored the only goal for the Oles in the 58th minute.

With only six minutes remaining, Bethel player Jenna Iaizzo scored an unassisted goal, blasting a shot passed Feigum. Neither team scored in the overtime.

“We played really well against Gustavus,” Driver said.

“Unfortunately we had a breakdown that allowed them to score, but we garnered a point on the road and we’re going to take that with us,” she said.

The game put the Oles at 6-3-1 overall and 1-3-1 in the MIAC. First year Christina Mills assisted three of the four goals scored over the week. She assisted on the goal for the tying goal against Bethel.

Bierlein scored two goals over a three game stretch, including the game-winner against Bethel.

Feigum had a solid week, only allowing two goals over three games, most notably the shutout against Eau-Claire.

The next game for the Oles is this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the College of St. Catherine.





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