Men's soccer cruises to win in season opener
August 31, 2012
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Ryan Johnsrud scored twice and Kenzie Lund added a goal as the St. Olaf men's soccer team opened their season with a 3-0 win over Northwestern College on Friday evening at Rolf Mellby Field.
Johnsrud, replacing second-leading scorer Blake Dressen at forward, scored in the 26th and 62 minutes to lead the way for the Oles. Both Johnsrud goals were set up by fellow junior David Rosenthal.
In the 26th minute, Rosenthal squared the ball to Johnsrud from the goal line and Johnsrud's initial shot came back off the crossbar and he finished it off on the second try. The goal was the lone tally for the Oles in the first half despite holding a 12-0 advantage in shots.
It was not until the second half that the Oles pulled away from the Eagles. Kenzie Lund made it 2-0 ten minutes into the second half with an unassisted goal. Lund picked up the ball in the middle of the field and took a couple dribbles before unleashing a right-footed shot past Eagles keeper Eric Bocan and into the lower-left corner.
Just five minutes later, Johnsrud's second goal capped the scoring. Again, Rosenthal was the creator as his cross was hit home by Johnsrud. After the third goal, St. Olaf continued to control the game but scored no further goals.
For the game, the Oles outshot the Eagles 22-1, including a 10-0 advantage in shots on goal. Johnsrud had six shots, while Nick Lund and Rosenthal had four each. Robbie Denniston had the lone Northwestern shot in the contest. St. Olaf also had nine corners to Northwestern's two.
Neither Harry Ullmann or Preben Bay had any saves to make in net for St. Olaf. Ullman played the first 74 minutes before Bay replaced him for the final 16. Bocan saved six Ole shots and Josh Olson recorded one save for Northwestern in his 10 minutes in net.
The Oles return to action on Monday with a home game against Pacific Lutheran University. Kickoff at Rolf Mellby Field is scheduled for 11 am.