Men's soccer tops Augsburg behind goals from Johnson and Haji
October 12, 2011
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Second half goals from Stephen Johnson and Mohamed Haji earned the St. Olaf men's soccer team a 2-0 victory over Augsburg on Wednesday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.
Augsburg controlled the first half as they outshot the Oles 8-2 but St. Olaf kept the Auggies scoreless heading into the break. After halftime, the Oles flipped the script. St. Olaf held an 8-1 advantage in shots and scored twice in the second half. David Rosenthal, Max Lund, Blake Dressen, and Kenzie Lund each had two shots for the Oles. Augsburg was lead by Gottlieb Uaheng's four shots.
St. Olaf took the lead early in the second half on Stephen Johnson's first goal as an Ole. Johnson's goal at the 48:50 mark was assisted by David Rosenthal, earning him his team-leading sixth assist of the fall.
With ten minutes to go, Haji sealed the win with his second goal of the year to make the score 2-0. Following a corner kick, Augsburg's attempted clearance fell to Haji whose shot beat Augsburg goalie Clayton Lynch.
Harry Ullmann earned the win in goal for St. Olaf by keeping his seventh shutout of the year. In 14 games this year, the junior keeper has allowed just nine goals for an average of 0.64 goals conceded per game. Lynch suffered the loss in goal for the Auggies, making three saves in the process.
The win moves the Oles (11-2-1, 4-1-1) one point ahead of Augsburg (8-3-1, 4-2-0) and into a second place tie in the MIAC with Carleton on 13 points, although St. Olaf has played one more game. Gustavus is atop the conference on 16 points from seven games.
St. Olaf travels to St. Paul on Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against Macalaster. The Scots are currently fifth in the MIAC with a 7-5, 4-2 record.