Women's Soccer unable to Slow BLC Offense in 5-2 Loss
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women's soccer team held the high-scoring Bethany Lutheran offense scoreless for the first 36 minutes, but the Vikings scored five times in the next 30 minutes as BLC topped the Knights 5-2 Saturday at Knight Field.
The Vikings' Paige Taylor scored three goals for BLC, while Maggie LaPlante added two.
Taylor started the scoring in the 37th minute, and LaPlante shortly followed to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead late in the first half.
The Knights were able to stop that momentum, however, with a goal by Lauren Maertz after a strong pass from Bethany Schultz to Cassie Krug to cut the deficit to 2-1 heading into the half.
BLC would take control of the game to start the second half, as Taylor added two more tallies and LaPlante a second in the first 20 minutes of the half to push the lead to 5-1.
Hannah Mattek scored in the 88th minute to cut the deficit to 5-2, but it was too late to make one last push as the Vikings won by the final three-goal margin.
MLC outshot the Vikings 19-13 for the game, but the Vikings took better advantage of their opportunities. Schultz finished with a team high five shots.
The Knights' dropped to 4-7 on the season and 3-4 in UMAC play with the loss, while BLC improved to 7-5-1 overall and 5-2 in league action with the win.
MLC will return to action on Thursday, October 11, when it hosts Minnesota Morris in a game scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.