Bethel shuts out MLC women 2-0

NEW ULM – The Martin Luther College women’s soccer team could not take advantage of the strong wind gusts in falling to Bethel University 2-0 in a nonconference match on Monday.

The Knights (2-6) fell behind early by giving up a goal to freshman Maria Retting just 34 seconds into the match, which is not the first time that had happened this season.

“We’ve had this first-minute score happen maybe three times this season, so we’ve got to figure out what’s happening,” MLC coach Jeff Schone said. “Why aren’t we right off the block? That’s something that shouldn’t be happening. Because otherwise we played pretty well, I thought.”

The Royals (6-1-1) outshot the Knights 31-11 in the match and 22-4 in the first half. Freshman Alicia Halikas netted the Royals’ second goal in the 24th minute after coming off the bench to give them a 2-0 lead.

From there, the Knights started to pick up the pace with scoring opportunities from Jenna Maurer, Alyssa Maertz and Abby Enstad.

“We came out in the second half like game busters,” Schone said. “We had three corner kicks right in a row and our offense was moving and we had high energy.”

In the 51st minute, however, junior Martha Balge crashed down hard after having her legs swept out from underneath her while receiving a pass. She pounded the grass and writhed in pain almost immediately after she went down.

“[Balge] went down and I think our team deflated after that,” Schone said. “We just never really got anything going together after that.”

Balge was helped off the field and the nature of her injury was undisclosed.

Senior goalkeeper Julia Barthels stopped 12 of the 14 shots she faced in the almost 81 minutes in goal for the Knights. Sophomore Sarah Rigge tallied one save in goal as well.

Maertz led the Knights with three shots, one of which was on goal. Maurer had two shots on goal, while Balge, Danielle Hall and Carissa Friebe each had one shot on goal.

MLC will host Buena Vista at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Bethel 2 0 – 2

MLC 0 0 – 0

Scoring

First Half

B – 0′ Retting goal (Sipe assist)

B – 24′ Halikas goal (R Ness assist)

Second Half

None

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