St. Olaf 2, St. John's 1 (Box)

Oles down Johnnies 2-1

Brent Hollerud
September 21, 2013

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. - Mackenzie Lund broke a 1-1 tie early in the second half and St. Olaf held on to take a 2-1 men's soccer victory over Saint John's University on Saturday afternoon in a MIAC showdown.

After David Wee tied the game in the last minute of the first half, St. Olaf had the early answer when Nick Lund sprung brother Mackenzie on a breakaway, where he beat Johnnie netminder Kevin Lebahn for the go-ahead marker 1:27 into the second half.

The Ole defense shut the door the rest of the way as goalkeeper Ben Braman only had to make a single save in the second half to hold on the lead. Braman finished with three saves on four shots.

Sophomore forward Kevin Skrip scored the game's first goal at 8:23 to continue his dominant play for the Oles. The Naperville, Ill. native has now scored in six straight games and is perched on top of the MIAC in goals (7) and points (15).

St. Olaf barraged the St. John's cage, leading 23-15 in shots taken and 10-4 in shots on goal. Skrip and Mackenzie Lund combined for 12 shots taken, each with four on net.

With the victory the Oles improve to 2-0 in league play (6-1-0 overall) and sit atop of the MIAC standings. St. Olaf travels to Moorhead next weekend for a game against Concordia College on Sept. 28 at 12 p.m.

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