Playoff spot in jeopardy for women's soccer after 1-0 loss to Bethel
October 26, 2011
ARDEN HILLS, Minn.- A late goal by Bethel's Renn Gardner earned the Royals a 1-0 win over St. Olaf on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the team with only a slim chance at making the upcoming MIAC playoffs.
In an even contest, Gardner scored her fourth goal of the year at the 80:50 mark on an assist from Sophie Christiansen to send the Oles to their second straight MIAC loss. Bethel also had a goal disallowed midway through the second half.
For the game, Bethel outshot St. Olaf 17-14, including a 12-8 advantage in the second half. Gardner, Christiansen, and Carrie Kishaba each had three shots to lead the Royals. Taylor Kuramoto and Rachael Stets had two apiece for the Oles.
Bethel goalie Alyssa Riggs made seven saves to earn her eighth win of the year. Nora Forbes took the loss for St. Olaf despite making seven saves.
The loss puts the Oles (10-4-3, 5-3-2)in danger of missing the four-team MIAC playoffs. At the time of writing, the Oles sit fourth on 17 points, one point ahead of Macalester and Augsburg. Macalester has played one game less than St. Olaf and Augsburg, meaning if the Scots defeat St. Mary's and Gustavus, they will clinch the final playoff spot. Bethel improves to 9-6-2, 4-5-1 in conference play.
The Oles finish off their regular season schedule by traveling to cross-town rival Carleton on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Carleton is second in the MIAC with a 10-5-2, 7-2-1 record. A win will keep St. Olaf in with a chance of making the postseason.