Oles roar back, defeat SMU
October 16, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Rachael Stets scored twice as the St. Olaf women's soccer team roared back from a weekend loss in a big way on Wednesday afternoon by defeating MIAC opponent Saint Mary's 5-0 at Rolf Mellby Field.
"It was good for us to come out strong after a tough loss last weekend," said Stets. "It was an all around great team effort, from the goal scoring, to the defensive shutout and zero shots on goal."
St. Olaf dominated possession of the ball all afternoon and overwhelmed St. Mary's with 20 shots, including nine on goal.
Kajsa Brindley notched the game's first goal, continuing her recent solid play. The tally came on a free kick that Brindley sent over the Cardinal wall in the fifth minute. Brindley has six goals and four assists over the team's last six contests. 16 of her 19 points this season have come in the stretch.
Less than ten minutes later, Stets received a long pass from Emma Crumley and won the battle with SMU goalkeeper Aubrie Cornell, who contested the shot heavily.
The Oles came out of halftime with a 2-0 lead but weren't finished yet. In the 47th minute, Brindley received a throw-in deep in Cardinal territory and was able to weave her way through multiple defenders and take a shot on goal. That shot turned out to be a perfectly placed pass for Stets who was in the right place at the right time and was able to score her second goal of the day and give St. Olaf a comfortable 3-0 advantage.
Sarah Behr and Madison Van Wylen were able to put the finishing touches on the victory by scoring goals in the 67th and 78th minutes respectively. The goal was Behr's first point of her college career and Van Wylen's goal came on a pass from Bret Mann who also claimed her first collegiate point with the assist.
"It was great to see two of my teammates [Behr and Mann] get their first college points today," said Stets. "I think that really shows that the entire team stepped up today, which will absolutely help us going forward. Now we're just focused on using this positive momentum to take care of St. Kate's this weekend."
St. Olaf (7-5-1, 5-2-0 MIAC) will play their final home game of the season on Saturday when they take on St. Catherine University at 1 p.m.