Stephen Johnson and Ken Ouren celebrate Ouren's opening goal in a 1-1 draw with Gustavus on Wednesday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.
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Men's soccer held to 1-1 draw with Gustavus

Michael Abdella
September 12, 2012

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Both teams scored headers in the first half as the St. Olaf men's soccer team drew 1-1 with Gustavus in the MIAC opener for both squads on Wednesday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.

St. Olaf went ahead in the 25th minute when defender Ken Ouren scored his first goal in an Ole uniform. After St. Olaf won a free kick on the wing, Ouren rose highest and headed in David Rosenthal's delivery to put the Oles on top.The Oles almost doubled their lead four minutes later but Stephen Johnson's header from a Rosenthal corner came back off the post in the 29th minute.

The Ole lead lasted only a little less than 15 mintues, as Gustavus leveled the score in the 39th minute on a goal from Konnor Tranoris. Again off a free kick from the wing, Tranoris flicked David Lilly's cross past Harry Ullmann and his first goal in Gustie colors.

Neither team was able to find the net in the second half or overtime as the teams picked to finish first and second in the MIAC settled for a draw. St. Olaf had a late flurry in the second half but could not find the winner.

In the first overtime, Ullmann made saves on shots by Zach Brown and Tranoris to preserve the tie. The Oles nearly got a fortuitous winner in the second period of overtime when Gustie goalie Brett Ylonen momentarily spilled a Kenzie Lund shot towards goal but Ylonen quickly recovered.

For the game, St. Olaf outshot Gustavus 16-14 and also had six shots on goal to five for the visitors. Lilly, Tranoris, and Sean Sendelbach had three shots each for the Gusties, while the Oles were led by Nick Lund's five shots. Lund had four shots in the first 21 minutes of action. Ylonen made five saves in net for Gustavus. Ullman stopped four Gustie shots for the Oles.

With the draw, the Gusties record is 3-0-1 and the Oles are 2-2-1. Both teams are 0-0-1 in the MIAC. St. Olaf's next game is on Saturday afternoon when Saint Mary's pays a visit to Rolf Mellby Field for a 1 pm kickoff. The Oles defeated the Cardinals 1-0 in Winona last year on a Nick Lund goal.

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