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Men's soccer comeback falls short against Saint John's

Michael Abdella
September 29, 2012

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Despite a late flurry, the St. Olaf men's soccer team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Saint John's on Saturday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.

The Oles trailed 2-0 ten minutes into the second half following a penalty kick by Saint Johns' Joe Balder. Balder's goal was his second of the year.

Nick Lund cut the deficit in half in the 73rd minute for St. Olaf with his second goal of the year. Lund took a pass from Claudio Barboza and drilled a left-footed shot into the lower-right corner to give the Oles hope. Not long before Lund's goal, Barboza had a great chance to score himself but Lebahn reacted quickly to make a kick save.

With little more than a minute to play, St. Olaf nearly forced overtime on a shot by David Rosenthal. Rosenthal's shot caromed off Johnnie goalie Kevin Lebahn and off the crossbar but no Ole was around for the rebound and Saint John's saw the final minute out.

Alex Niederloh gave the Johnnies an early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute. Following a corner, a Johnnie shot was blocked but the ball fell to Niederloh who blasted it past Ullmann.

St. Olaf held a 20-5 advantage in shots over the course of the game and managed 11 shots on goal to just three for Saint John's. Ryan Johnsrud and Kenzie Lund each had four shots for the Oles, while Michael Coborn led the Johnnies with two.

Harry Ullmann made just one save for the Oles before receiving a red card that led to Balder's penalty kick. Preben Bay filled in but could not stop the penalty and had no other saves to make. Lebahn made 10 saves for Saint John's.

The Oles (5-4-1, 2-1-1 MIAC) now play three straight games on the road, starting with a game at Bethany Lutheran on Tuesday. The Johnnies improve to 4-4-2, 2-2-0 in the MIAC.

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