Ole women top Carleton 2-1 to clinch playoff berth
October 27, 2012
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf women's soccer team defeated Carleton 2-1 on Saturday afternoon to clinch a spot in the MIAC Playoffs in the regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.
With the win and results elsewhere, the Oles claimed the number two seed for the MIAC playoffs this week. The playoff berth is the team's first since 2004. The team finished in a tie for second in the conference, which is the team's highest finish in the MIAC since 1983.
St. Olaf will host Augsburg, who defeated Hamline on Saturday to make the playoffs, on Wednesday at a time yet to be announced. Both teams finished on 20 points but St. Olaf claimed the tie-breaker for the second seed based on the fourth criteria of record versus teams .500 and above (St. Olaf: 3-2-2, Augsburg: 3-3-1). The Oles and Auggies played to a 0-0 tie at Rolf Mellby Field on October 9. The other semi-final pits host Concordia against St. Ben's. Those two teams played today with Concordia winning 2-1 in double overtime.
Kajsa Brindley scored the game-winner for the Oles with just over eight minutes remaining. The rebound goal was unassisted at the 81:56 mark. It was Brindley's third goal of the season and all three have been game-winning goals.
In the first half, Anna Theis had given St. Olaf a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute with her first goal of the season. Theis put home a rebound following a Susie Jelinek corner.
It did not take Carleton long to respond to Theis' goal. Just 111 seconds later, Bailey Ulbricht scored her fourth goal of the season to bring the Knights level. Ulbricht's goal came from an assist by Claire McGillem.
The Knights (7-6-4, 3-5-3 MIAC) outshot the Oles (8-6-4, 6-3-2 MIAC) 18-13 and held a 13-6 advantage in shots on goal. After being outshot 8-6 in the first half, Carleton took 12 shots to five for St. Olaf after the break. Nora Forbes stood strong in goal for St. Olaf, making 12 saves to pick up the win. Mikayla Coulombe made four saves for Carleton.
Brindley led the Ole offense with six shots, including the winning goal. Theis and Kyle Clifford each had two shots as well. Marlena Hartman-Filson got all five of her shots on target for the Knights in addition to Ulbricht's five shots.