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Men's soccer continues scoring spree in win over St. Thomas

Michael Abdella
October 8, 2011

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- After scoring seven goals in a win over Bethany Lutheran on Tuesday, the St. Olaf men's soccer team continued their offensive outburst by scoring five second half goals in a 6-3 win over the University of St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.

The score was tied 1-1 at halftime after Angel Riera had given St. Thomas the early lead and Max Lund equalized for the Oles with a curling free-kick from the right into the far left corner. There were several chances for both teams to score more goals in the first half but the offensive fireworks were saved for the second half.

The teams combined to score three goals in the first two minutes of the second half. Mike Hutton gave the Tommies a 2-1 lead just 31 seconds in. The lead didn't last long, as the Oles leveled the score courtesy of Nick Lund's deflected shot. Less than a minute later, St. Thomas again took the lead when Hutton scored his second of the game on a penalty kick.

Trailing 3-2, St. Olaf again tied the score when David Rosenthal scored his team-leading ninth goal of the year on a penalty kick at the 52:08 mark. Rosenthal earned the penalty after being taken down in the box by a Tommie defender.

After Rosenthal's goal, the Oles took control of the game and scored the game's final three goals to earn the win. Blake Dressen scored St. Olaf's fourth, the eventual game-winner, on a volley from 25 yards after he flicked the ball up to himself. Ryan Johnsrud and Kenzie Lund scored the last two goals for the Oles. Johnsrud's goal came when he finished off a string of passes on a pass from Austin Dressen. Jake Stark won a penalty, which St. Thomas second-string goalie Mitchell Wolff saved only for Lund to tap in the rebound.

For the game, St. Olaf outshot St. Thomas 17-9. Dressen, Kenzie Lund, and Rosenthal combined for 10 of the Oles 17 shots. St. Thomas was led by Hutton's three shots.

Harry Ullmann only needed to make two saves in goal for St. Olaf to earn his 10th win, as the offense stole the show. Despite giving up five goals in relief of the injured Jace Leiferman, Wolff made five saves for the Tommies.

The win moves the Oles to 10-2-1, 3-1-1 MIAC, which is good for fourth in the conference. St. Olaf is three points behind MIAC leader Gustavus and is one point ahead of St. Thomas and Macalaster. St. Thomas falls to 6-4-0, 3-2-0 in conference play.

St. Olaf hosts second-place Augsburg on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Auggies are off to a 4-0 start in conference play and are 8-1-1 overall.

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