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Johnsrud's header sends Oles into MIAC men's soccer playoff final

Michael Abdella
November 2, 2011

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Second-half substitute Ryan Johnsrud's header with just over five minutes to play led the St. Olaf men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Augsburg in a MIAC semifinal on Wednesday afternoon at Rolf Mellby.

With the score deadlocked at 1-1, Johnsrud headed Will Totimeh's sky-high cross down into the ground and past Augsburg goalie Will Morlock for the game-winning goal at the 84:31 mark. The goal was Johnsrud's fifth of the year and the assist was Totimeh's first point of the season.

In a highly competitive and physical game that featured 17 fouls, the Oles took an early 1-0 lead after 10 minutes. Following an Augsburg corner, defender Stephen Johnson gained posession and released David Rosenthal with a through ball. Rosenthal carried the ball forward before slipping the ball in behind the Augsburg defense for Blake Dressen. Dressen took a touch before slotting the ball past a rushing Morlock for his ninth goal of the year.

Twelve minutes later, the Auggies leveled the score at 1-1 courtesy of Chad Gilmer's third goal of the year. Gilmer headed a Mathias Macody Lund cross from the right wing past St. Olaf goalie Harry Ullmann at the 22:28 mark.

For the game, the Oles held a slim 8-6 edge in shots, including a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal. Augsburg had five corner kicks to St. Olaf's one.

Gilmer led the Auggies with three shots. Nick and Kenzie Lund each had two for the Oles. Morlock made two saves for Augsburg, while Ullmann had one save for St. Olaf.

The win sends the Oles to the MIAC playoff championship game on Saturday where they will face cross-town rival Carleton for the second time in a week. The Oles defeated the Knights 3-1 this past Saturday. In the other semifinal, second-seed Carleton defeated third-seeded Gustavus 1-0. The championship game will be a 1 p.m. kickoff at Rolf Mellby Field.

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