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Women's soccer falls to Augsburg in MIAC playoff semifinal

Michael Abdella
October 31, 2012

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Marie Fitzgerald scored the game-winning goal with 4:06 to play in the first overtime as Augsburg defeated the St. Olaf women's soccer team 2-1 in a MIAC playoff semi-final on Wednesday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.

The goal was Fitzgerald's second of the year and was assisted by Bri Dorale. Dorale crossed from the left and Fitzgerald glanced a header from the near post just inside the far post to send the Auggies to the title game against Concordia on Saturday.

Earlier, Dorale had given Augsburg the lead in the 36th minute with her third goal of the season. Following a corner kick, the ball bounced around the St. Olaf box and Rachael Nelson got the ball to Dorale to put home.

The Oles responded well at the start of the second half and were rewarded with the tying goal in the 60th minute. Christine Barringer scored her second goal of the season in similar manner to Dorale's goal. After a St. Olaf corner, Barringer capitalized on a loose ball in front of the net to put the Oles level with an unassisted goal.

St. Olaf the controlled the final half hour of the game, outshooting Augsburg 4-2 after Barringer's goal. In the 84th minute, Kajsa Brindley had a shot hit off the crossbar and Kyle Clifford's effort seconds later was tipped over by Augsburg goalie Katie Gajewski. Brindley also had a 59th minute shot come back off the far post for the Oles.

Augsburg outshot St. Olaf 4-0 in overtime and 17-12 for the game. Dorale, Fitzgerald, Olivia Muyres, and Bri Clark each had three shots for the Auggies, while Brindley and Madison Van Wylen each had three for the Oles. Gajewski made seven saves for Augsburg in the game and Nora Forbes made six for St. Olaf. St. Olaf held a 8-3 advantage in corners, including three in the final seven minutes of regulation.

The loss marks the end of the St. Olaf careers for seniors Rachel Saunders, Annie Manning, Christine Barringer, and Anna Theis.

St. Olaf finishes the season with an 8-7-4 record overall and a 6-4-2 mark in the conference including playoffs. Augsburg is now 12-5-2 overall and will face Concordia on Saturday for the postseason title. Concordia defeated St. Ben's 1-0 in the other semi-final.

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