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Women’s soccer defeats St. Olaf: Gusties hold 3-1 record in MIAC play | The Gustavian Weekly

By Nathan Thompson - Staff Writer | September 29, 2017 | Sports & Fitness

Junior Sally Morrow takes on a UW-Stout defender during a game Sept. 19. The Gusties currently hold an overall record of 6-2-1 and a record of 3-1 in MIAC play.

Junior Sally Morrow takes on a UW-Stout defender during a game Sept. 19. The Gusties currently hold an overall record of 6-2-1 and a record of 3-1 in MIAC play.

The Gusties went 2-1 this past week, beating UW-Stout 2-1, falling to St. Thomas 2-0, and defeating St. Olaf 3-1.

The Golden Gusties won a 2-1 contest against the University of Wisconsin-Stout, pushing their overall record to 5-1-1.

The scoring started off early for Gustavus as Sophomore Abby Mullenbach scored just over 14 minutes into the match. The rest of the half, however, would remain scoreless despite 11 shots from the Gusties compared to the Blue Devils 3. Gustavus also registered one corner kick.

Stout would respond quickly in the second half with a goal from forward Kaitlyn Hess, just over two minutes into the second period of play. The match would remain even for the majority of the second half with Stout registering 5 shots to go along with 8 from the Gusties.

The game would stay tied until the 82nd minute when Senior Josie Mazzone sent the game winner past Blue Devils’ goalie Rachel Nowak. Gustavus would hold out for the remainder of the game to seal the win and push their winning streak to 3 games.

“We started to be a little more proactive and we started to press a little more. When we kept the ball and were able to keep possession, we found control of the game,” said Head Coach Laura Burnett-Kurie.

In their next action on Homecoming weekend, the Gusties lost a 2-0 match against St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon, ending Gustavus’ three game streak.

“We’re just trying to focus on finishing in the final third and on how we can play our best for a full 90 minutes.” — Sophie Lieninger

After a scoreless first 38 minutes, The Tommies took a 1-0 lead with a goal from Brielle Bierman. The rest of the half would remain scoreless as each team tallied a corner kick while St. Thomas held a slight 4-3 lead in shots.

The close score would remain until halfway through the second period when Mallory DeBoom sent a shot past Junior Goalie Ashley Becker to push St. Thomas’ lead to two. Becker would end up with five saves in the loss.

“I don’t think we showed our best but we played a good match, we just couldn’t find the back of net,” Senior Sophie Leininger said.

The final shot total swayed in St. Thomas’ favor as they held a 11-7 advantage overall. The Gusties would hold the advantage in corner kicks with three against the Tommies’ two. Freshman Katie Ashpole would lead the way for Gustavus with two shots.

“Today was a battle,” said Coach Burnett-Kurie. “We had some solid performances and learned a lot about managing the game. It was not the result we wanted, but we continued to improve and had some bright spots.”

The loss moved the Gusties to 5-2-1 overall and 2-1 against the MIAC.

Junior Chase Miller dribbles the ball past a St. Thomas defender Sept. 23.

“We’re just trying to focus on finishing in the final third and on how we can play our best for a full 90 minutes,” Leininger said.

The Gusties turned things around this Wednesday at St. Olaf.

The team controlled the game, outshooting St. Olaf 21-12 and after 90 minutes came away with a 3-1 victory.

All the goals were scored in the first half of play. Senior Hannah Sturtz scored first with an unassisted goal. Shortly after, Sophomore Abby Mullenbach found the back of the net on an assist from Junior Emily Skogseth.

St. Olaf tried to battle back into the game with a goal in the 29th minute of play.

The Gusties responded quickly, scoring five minutes after the St. Olaf goal. Sophomore Judith Hepburn finished the chance for the team on an assist from Senior Sophie Leininger, moving the score to 3-1.

The team hopes to carry this momentum into its next game on Saturday at Augsburg College. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.