Oles strike fast, hold on for 1-0 win over Pipers
October 2, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf women's soccer team took the lead in the early stages of Wednesday afternoon's MIAC contest with Hamline University, and never let go, outlasting the Pipers for a 1-0 shutout victory at Rolf Mellby Field.
At the 2:54 mark of the match Ole midfielder Kasja Brindley was awarded a corner kick, and used a fortunate bounce of a Hamline defender to beat goalkeeper Erin Urbanowicz for the game's only goal.
The remainder of the game was extremely tight, as both teams were able to match the other punch-for-punch. Hamline held a slight 8-7 lead in shots attempted while the Oles held a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal.
St. Olaf goalkeeper Nora Forbes turned away all three Hamline offerings to record her second shutout of the year. Her previous shutout came on Sept. 11 in a 0-0 draw vs. Wisconsin Eau-Claire.
Urbanowicz made three saves on four shots, picking up the loss for the Pipers.
The win propels the Oles to a 3-1 MIAC record (5-4-1 overall), which could be good for a share of first place if 3-0 Augsburg ends up losing to Concordia in a game that was halted on Wednesday due to a weather delay.
Looking ahead, St. Olaf prepares to host Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday in the second game of a five-game homestand at Rolf Mellby Field. Tip-off with the Gusties is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.