Box Score

Luther blanks Ole men 2-0

Michael Abdella
September 5, 2012

DECORAH, Iowa- Luther's Saul Rosales had a goal and an assist as the Norse handed the St. Olaf men's soccer team their first defeat of the year with a 2-0 setback on Wednesday night.

Rosales opened the scoring with a penalty kick only 98 seconds into the match. The penalty kick was Rosales' second goal of the year and gave Luther a quick lead.

The Norse maintained the one goal advantage until the 56th minute when they doubled their lead. This time, Rosales was the provider for Jon Gednalske's first collegiate goal. Rosales lofted a free-kick from near midfield into the Ole box and Gednalske headed past the ball past Harry Ullmann and inside the far post.

From there, St. Olaf dominated the game but could not find a way back into the game. In the 68th minute, Jonah Van Why's effort from the center of the box was saved by Luther's Peter Wright. A minute later, Wright turned aside a shot by Aaron Stets to keep the Oles scoreless. In the final ten minutes, first-year Sam Kaplan had two shots saved by Wright, who made ten saves to earn the shutout.

St. Olaf outshot Luther 25-15 over the course of the game and held a 16-9 advantage in shots on goal, but were unable to get anything past Wright. Kaplan and Claudio Barboza each had three shots on goal for the Oles, while Rosales had five shots and three on target for the Norse.

St. Olaf is now 2-1-0 on the year and Luther improves to 2-0-1. The next game for the Oles is on Sunday morning when they face Elmhurst at home at 11 a.m.

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