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ISSUE 121 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/28/2007

In slump, search begins on road

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor

Friday, September 28, 2007

The St. Olaf women's soccer squad had a tough weekend, collecting a loss and a tie in two home matches. On Friday, the Oles fell 3-1 to Macalester, or more specifically, to the Scots star forward Grace King.

"The game was pretty much evenly matched; we just couldn't find a way to limit [King]," said midfielder Jenny Kallas '09. King scored the first two goals of the match for the Scots, and again the Oles were forced to fight back from behind.

Senior midfielder Jenny Wetzig '08 drew St. Olaf back to within one when she scored her first goal of the season. In the 76th minute, Wetzig launched a shot from over 30 yards out that sailed past the keeper and into the net. K.C. Beed '11 picked up her second assist of the season on the goal.

Unfortunately for St. Olaf, the Scots' King was not finished. She set up Macalester's third goal that found net as the game clock wound down and the Oles pushed more players forward into the attack. For her considerable efforts, King was named MIAC player of the week and to's national team of the week.

Sunday brought a nonconference match versus Nebraska Wesleyan University. The match was hard-fought on a hot and blustery day, but the Oles and Prairie Wolves played to a 1-1 draw. The match featured a taste of just about everything: two St. Olaf shots off the crossbar, a Nebraska Wesleyan yellow card, and a number of injuries.

Wetzig and Beed connected again for the Oles. On this occasion, Beed notched her first goal of the season with Wetzig on the assist. St. Olaf out-shot Nebraska Wesleyan 18-8 in the match, but had to settle for a tie in the end.

On Saturday the Oles play host to St. Benedict's College. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

St. Olaf also played at Augsburg Wednesday night, after this edition of the Messenger went to press. The Oles are 2-1 in the MIAC.

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