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ISSUE 121 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/28/2007

McCafferty salvages day for men

By Lauren Melcher
Staff Writer

Friday, September 28, 2007

The St. Olaf men's soccer team beat Augsburg in a fast-paced 3-2 win on Wednesday, bringing their record to 2-2 for the MIAC season.

Scott Crider '10 scored the Oles' first goal with the help of Barrett Kennedy '09 just after the Auggies scored their first goal, setting the tone for a close match.

Nathan Swenson '10 and Brandon McCafferty '08 also scored in the second half, with McCafferty's goal coming just one minute before the end of regulation, saving the Oles from the extra session.

The defense remains the Oles' point of strength, with goalkeeper Kevin Friede '09 saving five of the Auggies' 17 shots on goal and senior Bobby Anderson's '08 consistently creating havoc for Augsburg strikers. With ten minutes left in the game, Friede made a clutch vertical save off an Auggie corner kick, which could easily have been Augsburg's third and go-ahead goal.

Forwards Swenson and Crider led the team with eight of the Oles' 19 shots on target.

Last Friday, the Oles also played in a rare night game against the Macalester Scots in front of over 500 fans on the Macalester football field. With a strong defensive effort, led by Anderson and Ryan Doyle '09, the Oles kept the ball away from the goal for most of the first half.

Swenson had three shots on the Macalester goal before the Scots scored their first goal at the end of the first half. Friede, the starting goalkeeper since senior Eric Smith injured his right hand almost three weeks ago, saved four Macalester shots in the 90 minutes.

The Scots capitalized on two breakdowns in the St. Olaf defense to score their goals, and successfully dodged bullets from Zietlow, Swenson, Kennedy and Nathan Langholz '08.

Just before time expired, Langholz headed the ball towards the goal, only to be saved by Macalaster keeper Ryan Palmer. The Scots won 2-0, outlasting St. Olaf in the shots department, 16 to the Oles' 14.

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