MLC men fall short vs. St. Scholastica

DULUTH, Minn. – The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team’s season came to a close in a 1-0 loss at St. Scholastica in the semifinal round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament on Wednesday.

The Knights (10-9-1) battled the top-seeded Saints tough the entire game, but conceded the game’s only goal to Armin Bobaric in the 74th minute.

MLC keeper Caleb King was stellar throughout the match, stopping 15 of the Saints’ 16 shots on goal and making several diving saves to give the Knights a chance for the upset.

Joseph Graumann gave CSS (12-7) trouble in the first meeting between the two teams back on Oct. 22. He did the same on Wednesday, leading the Knights with three total shots and two shots on target. His best chance came early in the second half, when he attempted a shot from just outside the box that CSS keeper Sandy Davidson-Hunt made a diving save to keep from the back of the Saints’ net.

The Saints were credited with 44 total shots, but the MLC defense of Ryan Plath, Aaron Swanson, Justin Digman and Elijah Kroll did a solid job of keeping many of those attempts on the outside and away from King.

The Knights’ 10 wins this season were more than any MLC men’s soccer team since the 2003 season (14), while this year’s trip to the UMAC Tournament was the first for the program since the 2006 season.

VOLLEYBALL

UNW 3, MLC 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Martin Luther College volleyball team ended its season in a 25-12, 25-22, 25-12 loss to Northwestern (Minn.) in the semifinal round of the UMAC Tournament on Wednesday.

The top-seeded Eagles (29-4) won the first set, and held off the Knights (11-22) in the second to take a commanding 2-0 lead before closing strong in the third to finish the sweep.

UNW hit .289 on the attack for the match compared to .113 for MLC. Jade St. Germaine led the Knights with 13 kills, while Kira Grev recorded 11 kills and hit .308 to go with eight digs.

Emily Byhardt had a solid night as well, recording 13 assists and 12 digs. Emily Neeb led the Knights with 15 digs.

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