Men's soccer falls to Carleton, misses out on playoffs
October 27, 2012
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Branden McGarrity scored the only goal of the game, as Carleton defeated the St. Olaf men's soccer team 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Bell Field.
After St. Olaf gave up possession, McGarrity dribbled by a couple defenders and hit a left-footed shot into the lower-right corner. The tenth minute goal was unassisted and was McGarrity's league-leading 19th goal of the season.
The loss, coupled with Saint John's 5-0 win over Concordia, means the Oles will not be part of the MIAC Playoffs. St. Olaf (11-6-1, 6-3-1 MIAC) finishes in a tie for fifth, one point behind Saint John's. The playoffs will feature No. 1 seed Carleton vs. No. 4 seed Saint John's and No. 2 seed Gustavus and No. 3 seed St. Thomas.
In the game today, St. Olaf had its chances to get at least a tie against Carleton, as Nick Lund hit the crossbar once in each half. In the first half, Carleton goalie James Neher saved a Lund header onto the crossbar. After the break, Lund hit a 40 yard shot that beat Neher but rattled off the bar again.
For the game, St. Olaf held a slender 11-10 advantage in shots and controlled possession. Lund and David Rosenthal each had three shots (two on target) and were the two danger men for the Oles. McGarrity led the Knights with four shtos, three of which were on goal.
Neher made six saves for Carleton (16-1-1, 8-1-1 MIAC) to pick up the win. St. Olaf's Harry Ulman stopped two Carleton shots but took the loss.
With the win, Carleton clinches a share of the conference title with Gustavus. Each team had 25 points this season. The Knights will be the top seed for the playoffs by virtue of their 3-0 win over the Gusties.