Three first half goals help Carleton defeat Ole women's soccer
October 29, 2011
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- First half goals from Niki Tomita, Abby Wills, and Linnea Carlson led Carleton to a 3-0 win over St. Olaf on Saturday afternoon at Bell Field, ending the teams season.
Tomita put the Knights ahead at the 17:19 mark of the first half with her third goal of the season. Her goal was unassisted when she scored from the right side of the box following a scramble in the box.
Fifteen minutes later, Carleton doubled their lead following a corner kick. Abby Wills collected the ball at the right corner of the box and her shot found the back of the next for her first goal of the year.
The Knights made it 3-0 before halftime. Ellie Wilson's long pass found Linnea Carlson, whose long shot beat Nora Forbes. The goal was Carlson's first of the fall.
The Knights outshot the Oles 14-12 for the game. St. Olaf only mustered three shots to Carleton's 12 in the first half. After the break, the Oles had a 9-2 edge in shots but were unable to beat Carleton goalie Beth Ashinsky.
Tamita led the Knights with three shots, while Zoe Suche and Wilson each added two. Deanne Schmidt led the Oles with four shots and Rachael Stets had two shots on goal.
Ashinsky made three saves in goal for Carleton to earn the shutout win. Forbes also stopped three shots for the Oles but took the loss.
The game was the final one in a St. Olaf uniform for seniors Deanne Schmidt, Lindsay Howard, Andrea Fossum, Christina Herron-Sweet, Hannah Rosenthal, Callie Knaeble, Allyson Connor and Catie Christoffel. The class amassed a 42-26-4 record over the last four years.
Howard led the team with 26 points (10 goals, 6 assists) this fall and is the school's all-time leader in goals and points. Christoffel added five goals and three assists.
The loss concludes the season for the Oles, who finish with a 10-5-3, 5-4-2 record after starting 4-0-2 in MIAC play. St. Olaf finishes tied for seventh in the MIAC with St. Thomas on 17 points. Carleton finishes the year with a 11-5-2, 8-2-1 record which puts them into the MIAC playoffs, likely as the number two seed.