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ISSUE 121 VOL 5 PUBLISHED 10/26/2007

Women suffer though tough results

By Barrett Kennedy
Sports Editor

Friday, October 26, 2007

The St. Olaf women's soccer team stumbled early against Hamline on Wednesday afternoon and could not make up the difference.

The Oles conceded the only goal of the match at the 13:31 mark of the first half. The women could not quite solve the Hamline defense during the rest of the match despite attempting 17 shots, and Hamline preserved its 1-0 shutout victory.

K.C. Beed '11 led the Oles' offense with six shots in the match. The women's offense had to fill the gap left by injured forward Jess Magnuson '09, who is currently second on the team in scoring behind Beed.

The Hamline game was the third match in five days for St. Olaf. The Oles tied St. Catherine 0-0 Monday after their initial match was rained out earlier this season. Again, the Oles attempted 17 shots in the match but could not quite catch the break they needed in order to win.

A Jenny Wetzig '08 free kick in the 86th minute rang off the post, and the Oles settled for the tie. Becca Neuger '11 and Beed posted four shots apiece, and Karen Thiebes '08 added three of her own.

The women also traveled to Concordia Saturday where the Cobbers raced out to a 2-0 lead 22 minutes into the match. The Oles fought back against the first-place Cobbers, and Beed drew the match within one. Beed received a pass from Wetzig, played a couple headers to herself through Concordia defenders and finished the ball in the side netting. The Cobbers clinched a MIAC playoff berth with the victory.

The women traveled to St. Thomas over fall break and fell 4-3 after coming back from a 0-2 deficit to tie the game at 3-3. Beed continued her scoring trend with two goals in the match and Magnuson added her fourth of the year on a breakaway. Thiebes notched two assists as well.

St. Olaf sit in a tie for 8th in the conference with a 2-6-2 MIAC record. They are 2-12-3 overall.

The Oles close out their season on Saturday, when they hop across the Cannon River to play Carleton in a Northfield derby. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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