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Ole women grab first victory of season against Luther

Brent Hollerud
September 15, 2013

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- St. Olaf used a pair of early goals to down Luther College 2-1 to secure their first women's soccer victory of the season on Sunday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.

Sophomore Emily Sierakowski scored 1:17 into the game to put St. Olaf in front in the early going. Sierakowski's mid-ranged shot found the goal post then the twine, eluding Norse goalkeeper Cydney Haaland.

First year Chelsea Marsh scored her first collegiate goal at 17:58 to give the Oles a two-goal cushion before the game was even 20 minutes old.

While early offense put St. Olaf in the drivers' seat early, the Oles capitalized on a big performance from goalkeeper Nora Forbes to maintain their lead. Forbes made eight saves on nine Norse shots to keep her team on top despite Luther owning a 17-9 edge in shots.

The Norse finally solved Forbes at the 71:09 mark when Maggie Jasper scored unassisted to halve the Oles' lead, but Luther came up empty in their seach for the equalizer.

St. Olaf improves to 1-3-1 as they prepare to kick off MIAC play on Wednesday when they visit Bethel University for a 4 p.m. game.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.