St. Olaf 2, Bethel 1 (2 OT) (Box)

Oles top Bethel in double overtime

Brent Hollerud
September 18, 2013

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. - It took two overtime periods and over 110 minutes to do so but in the end Madison Van Wylen was able to clinch 2-1 a women's soccer victory for St. Olaf over Bethel University on Wednesday night.

After peppering Bethel goalkeeper Micale Jensen with a pair of shots early in the second overtime, Chelsea Marsh fed Van Wylen who beat Jensen at 113:29 to win the MIAC regular season opener for the Oles.

Both squad's goalkeepers put on a clinic in a game that resembled a shooting gallery at times. 38 total shots were fired in the contest, 30 of which coming in regulation time. St. Olaf held a 20-18 edge on shots attempted.

Ole keeper Nora Forbes wins the goalkeeper's duel after allowing one goal on 14 Royal shots on net, including six saves in each half of regulation time. Jensen made seven saves on nine shots in the Bethel cage.

St. Olaf got on the board first when Kajsa Brindley converted on a free kick at the seven minute mark, after matching fouls led to the Ole scoring opportunity.

Forbes and Jensen swapped saves for the rest of the first half and into the second, until Bethel's Jessica Huseby was able to tie the game with her fourth tally of the season. Suzette Anderson earned an assist on the goal.

With the game tied, St. Olaf had a few opportunities to end the game in regulation, but to no avail, as Jensen and the Royals defense were able to force overtime.

Forbes made the only save in the ten-minute first overtime period, while both teams sent a pair of shots off-target to force the game into a second overtime.

The Oles (2-3-1, 1-0-0 MIAC), winners of two in a row after Wednesday's victory, return to Northfield to open a two-game homestand on Saturday against the College of Saint Benedict. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start at Rolf Mellby Field.

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