Knights Push First Place Saints in 2-1 Loss
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's soccer team played well but fell short against first-place St. Scholastica in a 2-1 loss Friday.
The Saints came into the game leading the conference 81 goals on the season, but had a difficult time getting chances against the MLC defense despite finishing with 27 shots in the game. The two goals for CSS tied for the fewest the team has scored in a a conference game this season.
Playing into the wind in the first half, the Knights held CSS scoreless until the 40th minute when Joe Watt shot one past MLC goalkeeper Eric Hahn to give the Saints a 1-0 lead heading into the half.
The Knights started to gain momentum in the second half with the wind at their backs, but great scoring chances by Ryan Lemke and Kaleb Buch in front of the goal were stopped by CSS goalkeeper Adam Hewitt to keep the Saints in the lead.
The Saints scored their second goal in the 55th minute, when a scrum in front of the net off a corner kick left an open Kasey Basco to give CSS a 2-0 lead.
MLC continued to battle in the second half, outshooting the Saints 13-9 after the break, and finally were rewarded when Ben Schone scored his first career goal off a header pass from Kaleb Buch in the final minute before the clock ran out on the Knights' upset chances.
Hahn gave the Knights a chance all game. He stopped 11 of the 13 shots he faced in goal, including nine saves in the first period. He also had help from his defenders, who saved two shots and blocked five more from harm's way.
Offensively, MLC finished with 16 shots, eight of which were on goal. Buch had five shots (four on goal), while Stephen Roekle added four shots.
MLC dropped to 2-15 overall and 1-12 in UMAC play with the loss, while CSS improved to 15-4 on the season and 13-0 in conference with the win.
MLC will finish the season tomorrow (Saturday, October 27) when it hosts Northland for a 12 p.m. game.