Luther hands Ole men first loss of the year in 3-2 thriller
September 15, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn.- Luther College used a three-goal second half to secure a 3-2 men's soccer victory over St. Olaf on Sunday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field, snapping the Oles' four-game winning streak.
St. Olaf took the lead early thanks to Kevin Skrip's fifth goal of the season (and third in the last two games), coming on a rebound opportunity at 4:56 in the first half.
However, Luther responded with three unanswered markers in the second half to gain the upper hand.
JW Slauson tied the game for the Norse at 45:39 on a broken play, sending a shot off of Ole goalkeeper Ben Braman's fingertips and into the top portion of the net. Braman takes the loss in net, stopping two of five.
Fifteen minutes after Slauson's tally, Brock Arend gave Luther the lead on a goal assisted by Logan Martell at 60:51.
A goal by Josh Parris at the 81:51 mark extended Luther's lead to 3-1 before St. Olaf made their own attempt at a rally.
Torbjorn Morkeberg cut the Norse lead in half when he deposited a rebound behind Luther goalkeeper Peter Wright at 85:05.
Despite controlling the last minutes of the game and a pair of prime scoring chances, Wright was able to shut the door on the Oles and seal the victory for Luther.
The Norse win brought both squads to 4-1-0 records in 2013, as St. Olaf looks to bounce back as it opens MIAC play on Wednesday at home against Bethel University. The game is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start at Rolf Mellby Field.