Women Defeat Northwestern in UMAC Opener
ST. PAUL - The Martin Luther College women's soccer team started the UMAC season with a bang thanks to a 5-3 win at the University of Northwestern Friday.
The win was the first for MLC against Northwestern since September of 2005, a streak spanning 14 matches.
With the game scoreless through the first 22 minutes, the Knights struck for a pair of goals in a 50 second stretch. Jenna Maurer scored first in the 23rd minute off a pass from Bethany Schultz, and Casey Sauer followed in the 24th minute with a goal off a pass from Maurer.
The Knights built on the lead right before the half, as Alexandra Hastings pushed the MLC lead to 3-0 off an assist from Schultz just 18 seconds before the half.
Hastings scored her second of the game (and season) minutes into the second half, and Schultz scored to push the MLC lead back to four goals in the 70th minute after UNW scored its first goal of the game in the 56th minute.
The Eagles scored a pair of late goals to make the end interesting, but the Knights held on down the stretch for the win.
The goals for Maurer and Schultz gave each five on the season, while Sauer's was her third of the year.
Keely Keese saved six of the nine shots she faced in goal to improve her record as the team's keeper to 3-2 this season.
MLC improved to 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play with the win, while Northwestern dropped to 1-3 on the year and 0-1 in the UMAC.
The Knights will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, September 21) when they travel to North Central for a game scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m.