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ISSUE 120 VOL 5 PUBLISHED 10/27/2006

Soccer nears season end

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, October 27, 2006

After a 2-0 loss at Macalester on Friday, the St. Olaf women’s soccer team bounced back to trump UW-River Falls 2-1 in a non-conference match on Sunday, despite chilly weather. The Oles now stand at 8-6-2 overall and 2-5-2 in the MIAC.

During the Macalester game in St. Paul, the Scots snuck two goals past Ole goalkeeper Anna Feigum ’07 within a five-minute period early in the second half.

Despite the loss, head coach Jeremy Driver was still pleased with the team’s performance and commended senior Elisabeth Tanner’s performance while matched up against a two-time All-American forward.

“I thought we held our own against the team ranked 23rd in the country,” Driver said. “We played well, but unfortunately couldn’t find enough opportunities to score.”

In the UW-River Falls game at Rolf Mellby Field Sunday, the Oles snapped a four-game winless streak to soar past the Falcons. Kelsey Watt ’07 scored the first goal of the game during the fifth minute of play and Katie Bierlein ’07 scored during the 10th minute to put the Oles ahead of the Falcons for good.

In the 11th minute of play, River Falls attacker Julie Superstad brought the score to 2-1.

“It was nice to get a win and we played very well in the first half,” Driver said. “In the second half, we limited them to only two or three shots total, which is what we wanted.”

With the regular season winding down, the Oles are looking to finish on a strong note. The team will likely miss the MIAC playoffs for the second straight year, as only the top four finishers advance to the post-season (St. Olaf is currently tied for ninth place).

Driver stressed the importance of playing out the regular season at a high level and shared some thoughts on his first season as the Oles’ head coach.

“We’re looking forward to getting two conference wins and to playing Carleton, a traditional rival,” Driver said.

“The season has been pretty good. If you look at results, it’s been up and down. We still wanted to make the conference playoff, but that didn’t happen. It may not be the results that we wanted on paper, but we still have a chance to get 10 wins,” he said.

The Oles have one more conference game this season after defeating Hamline Wednesday 1-0. The Oles’ goal came when a Hamline player deflected the ball into her own net.

The final conference game of the season will be against Carleton College Sunday at Rolf Mellby Field, beginning at 1 p.m.

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