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Men's soccer sees five-game winning streak come to end in shutout loss to Bethel

Michael Abdella
October 25, 2011

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Bethel goalie Leif Sundberg made 16 saves as the Royals defeated the St. Olaf men's soccer team 1-0 Tuesday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field, ending the Oles five-game winning streak.

The loss also ends St. Olaf's chance of winning the MIAC regular season title outright, although the Oles are still in one of the four playoff spots. The Oles (13-3-1, 6-2-1) currently sit in a tie with Carleton for second in the MIAC on 19 points, one point behind leaders Gustavus.

The Royals (9-6-2, 4-5-0) scored the only goal of the game at the 14:29 mark of the first half. David Kim scored his ninth goal of the year off of a free-kick.

St. Olaf dominated the game, outshooting Bethel 20-4, including 16-2 in shots on target. However, the Oles could not find a way past Sundberg, who notched his sixth shutout of the season.

David Rosenthal had five shots on target, including a first-half penalty kick but saw each effort saved by the Royals keeper. Blake Dressen added three shots on goal for St. Olaf. Four players had one shot a piece for Bethel, as Ole goalie Harry Ullmann only had one save to make.

St. Olaf wraps up their regular season schedule on Saturday when they host cross-town rival Carleton (10-4-2, 6-1-1). If the Oles manage to defeat the Knights, they will clinch the at least a tie for second in the MIAC.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.