MLC men blank Northland 3-0

NEW ULM, Minn. – The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team closed a busy Homecoming Saturday on campus with a 3-0 shutout win against Northland.

MLC (6-4, 3-1 UMAC) was in control from the start, as Aaron Swanson started the scoring in the 12th minute off an assist from Joseph Graumann for his fourth goal of the season.

Graumann got into the act in the 21st minute, scoring his second of the season off an assist from his brother Nate Graumann to give MLC a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

Aaron Markgraf capped the scoring in the 65th minute with his fifth of the season to put the game out of reach.

The Knights dominated the stat sheet, outshooting the Lumberjacks (0-10, 0-6) 38-8 overall and 13-5 in shots on goal.

Caleb King earned his first shutout of the season, stopping all five shots he faced to keep a clean sheet for the sixth time in his career.

MLC plays at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at UM-Morris.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

NEW ULM, Minn. – The Martin Luther College women’s soccer team allowed a pair of second half goals in a 2-1 loss to Northland on Saturday.

The Knights (2-8, 1-3 UMAC) took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a goal by Mary Falck in the 14th minute of play. The goal came on a shot from outside the box off a pass from Danielle Hall and was the first goal of Falck’s collegiate career.

That one-goal advantage held the rest of the first half. But the Lumberjills (5-3-1, 5-0-1) tied the score 1-1 in the 49th minute and then scored the game winner in the 66th minute. Kaya Voldberg scored both goals.

Julia Barthels stopped 7 of 9 shots she faced in goal for the Knights. Falck and Hailey Johnson led MLC with four shots apiece.

MLC plays at 2 p.m. Wednesday at UM-Morris.

CROSS-COUNTRY

NEW ULM, Minn. – The Martin Luther College men’s cross-country team won the “Conquer Mt. Doom” Invitational, while the women’s team finished fourth at Flandrau State Park on Saturday.

The MLC men finished with five runners in the final top 10, leading to a total team score of 27. That was one point better than Viterbo’s final team score of 28.

Darian Schnose took second individually with a time of 28:09.3 and was followed within 15 seconds by Ryan Gurgel and Benjamin Bitter in third and fourth place.

Jonathan Fleischmann took eighth, while Justin Wilkens rounded out the Knights’ top five in 10th place.

The MLC women finished with a total team score of 79, while Viterbo took first with 30 total points.

Sydney Cody was the top MLC runner in 10th place and a time of 26:42.7. She was followed in 15th place by Rachel Winter, while Grace Williams took 16th.

Both MLC teams will return to action on Saturday, when they run at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

GOLF

BUFFALO LAKE, Minn. – The Martin Luther College men’s golf team finished seventh out of 11 teams at the Viking Invitational, while the women’s team finished fifth out of nine at Oakdale Golf Club on Saturday.

The MLC men finished the event with a total team score of 328 strokes. Carleton won the meet with a team score of 306 strokes.

Josh Hansen once again led the way for MLC with a round of 76, good for a tie for sixth place on the leaderboard.

Alex Lindemann (83), Raine Vrable (84), Ethan Jaeger (85) and Joel Sonntag (85) each finished within 2 strokes of each other to round out the Knights’ lineup.

The MLC women finished wtih a total team score of 446 strokes. St. Scholastica won the event with a total team score of 354 strokes.

Alison Lindemann shot the low round of the day for MLC (100) and tied for 16th place, while Katheryn Hansen set a new season-best with a round of 101 in a tie for 18th place.

Elizabeth Mantz shot 111, while Sophia Birner set a new personal best with a round of 134.

Both MLC teams will return Thursday for the three-day UMAC golf championships at Alexandria Golf Club.

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