Men Pick Up Win in Final Game
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC men's soccer team broke a long streak of frustrating losses this season with a dominating 7-0 win over Northland in the season finale.
The Knights dominated the game from the start, with Stephen Roekle scoring off a pass from his brother David Roekle in the sixth minute of play to give MLC the lead, and the Knights scoring six times in the first half.
Kaleb Buch had three goals in the first half alone, giving him 20 for his career. David Roekle and Isiah Horn also had tallies for MLC on the way to a 6-0 halftime lead.
MLC closed the scoring in the second half when senior Ross Chartrand scored a goal, the first of his career. Chartrand's goal came one day after fellow senior defender Ben Schone scored his first career goal against St. Scholastica.
MLC outshot the Lumberjacks 23-13 for the game, and held a 13-5 edge in shots on goal. Eric Hahn stopped all five shots he faced in goal for the Knights, while Aaron Willems combined with Hahn for the shutout after entering the game midway through the second half.
Buch's hat trick gave him six goals on the season. Stephen Roekle's goal was his fifth, while David Roekle, Chartrand and Horn each scored their first. Ryan Lemke and Tyler Prekop joined the Roekle brothers with assists.
MLC's win moved its final record to 3-15 overall and 2-12 in UMAC play, while Northland dropped to 0-19-1 on the season and 0-13-1 in league play.