Lund propels Oles to victory over St. Thomas
October 26, 2013
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - With less than two minutes to play in regulation, Mackenzie Lund gave the St. Olaf men's soccer team the score that had eluded them for 88 minutes and propelled the Oles to a 1-0 victory over the University of St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.
"This win means the world to the team," said Lund. "We felt like this was the game to start our momentum into the postseason and I'd say it was a great start."
Playing against a team that featured two out of the top three goal scorers in the MIAC, the Oles were able to keep the Tommie offense at bay for most of the game. St. Olaf controlled possession of the ball for a majority of the game and had seven shots on goal compared to St. Thomas's two.
"Our defense played phenomenal," said Lund. "Stopping those two was a tall task but the defense played one of their best games of the year and really motivated the team to keep pushing."
The Oles looked especially hungry in the final 12 minutes of the game when they totaled six shots, including Lund's game winner that came at 88:18. After seeing several teammates, including himself, come within inches of scoring just minutes before, Lund sniped an unassisted shot that sailed over St. Thomas backup goalkeeper Grant Larson's head and sealed the victory for the Oles.
"Initially, I was set on passing the ball to either [Aaron] Stets or Dave [Rosenthal], but they made great runs to clear space for me," said Lund of his game-winner. "I figured I would rip one and I felt confident enough in my shot to finish it."
With the win, St. Olaf (6-1-1 MIAC, 13-2-1 overall) clinched a spot in the four-team MIAC playoffs. The Oles moved into a second place tie in the MIAC with Carleton and will look to build on their four-game win streak on Tuesday with a home game against Augsburg. Play will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Rolf Mellby Field.