Oles rout Bethany Lutheran 6-1
October 1, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf men's soccer team tallied four goals in an explosive second half on the way to a 6-1 victory over Bethany Lutheran College on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Rolf Mellby Field.
After taking the lead 2-1 late in the first half thanks to a Phumelela Sukati strike at the 41:46 mark, the Oles poured it on in the second, outshooting the Vikings 12-1 in a dominating performance.
Nine different St. Olaf players scored points in a game where 25 different Oles saw the field. Aaron Stets and Ryan Johnsrud each recorded multi-point games, notching a goal and an assist apiece.
Ole forward Kevin Skrip regained the MIAC lead in goals scored as he netted the first goal of the game exactly four minutes in. After Claudio Barboza threw the ball on net, Skrip jumped on the rebound, depositing it past Bethany goalkeeper Ryan Bolte and giving the Oles an early lead.
The Vikings evened the game at 11:49 when Benjamin Moldstad got his fourth of the year unassisted, and the majority of the first half was played at a 1-1 stalemate, despite St. Olaf holding a steep 11-2 edge in shots.
Aaron Stets goal at the 50:07 mark put the Oles up by a pair and seemed to open the floodgates, as the Oles found the back of the net early and often in the second half, including two goals in a 1:20 stretch. Ryan Johnsrud, Brenden Johnson and Paul Benz each scored for the Oles.
Ole goalkeeper Ben Braman stopped one of two Vikings attempts en route to the victory. Ryan Bolte had a slightly busier day in the Bethany cage, making 11 saves on 17 Ole shots on goal.
St. Olaf, who improves to 8-1 overall (3-0 MIAC) in 2013, is set to travel to St. Peter on Saturday for a date with Gustavus, who happens to locked in a tie with the Oles for first place in the MIAC. The battle of the league leaders is set to begin at 4 p.m.