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Early Howard goals lead women's soccer past Saint Mary's

Michael Abdella
September 17, 2011

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Forward Lindsay Howard scored two goals in a span of 14 seconds early in the first half as the St. Olaf women's soccer team topped Saint Mary's 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.

With the tallies, Howard now shares the career goals mark (35) at St. Olaf with Kelsey Watt '07.

Howard's first goal came at the 5:28 mark of the first half on a penalty kick. Deanne Schmidt was taken down in the box by a Saint Mary's defender and Howard converted, as she rolled the ball into the lower-left corner.

Fourteen seconds later, Howard doubled her tally and St. Olaf's lead with an unassisted goal. The senior won the ball in the box from a Cardinals defender and buried a shot in the lower-right corner of the net, for her team-leading fifth goal of the year.

Thanks to the early goals, the Oles were firmly in control of the game but extended their lead to 3-0 before halftime. First-year Taylor Kuramoto scored on a feed from Emma Crumley at 32:56. The goal was her second of the year.

St. Olaf out shot Saint Mary's 13-3 for the game. Howard had three shots on goal, while first-year forward Taylor Kuramoto led the team with five shots. Cardinals goalie Cassie Hulett made five saves for Saint Mary's.

The Oles have now won each of their six games of the fall, outscoring their opponents 18-3. St. Olaf will look to continue their hot start to the season against UW-Eau Claire at home on Wednesday.

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