MLC women blank North Central in UMAC soccer, 3-0
NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College women’s soccer team moved to 3-1-2 on the year overall and 2-0-1 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference after a 3-0 defeat over North Central on Tuesday afternoon in UMAC action.
The Knights had plenty of scoring chances during the game, with 22 total shots and 12 shots on goal. The Knights’ defense deserved plenty of credit also, allowing 14 total shots with just four on goal.
“I think we have a very strong defense,” MLC coach Jeff Schone said. “And our defense is the key. Our defense allows us to really push the ball forward. And then we’ve got some midfield strength and we’ve got some gals up on top who can shoot pretty forcefully. But I think I really have to give a lot of accolades to our defense because they are really solid this year.”
MLC’s first goal of the match came on an unassisted shot by Hailey Johnson after she sent it in and over the keeper’s head in the 28th minute of play. The Knights scored their second goal in the 47th minute of play on a Mary Falck goal, assisted by Morgan Hill.
Lydia Bitter fired a shot for an unassisted goal in the 71st minute of play to give the Knights the 3-0 lead on their way to the victory.
The Knights had seven offsides during the game, which Schone said wasn’t a common occurrence from his squad, but would still be cleaned up for next game. The main problem, however, that Schone wants his team to work on is finishing more often when given the opportunity.
“What we need to do is finish,” Schone said. “We have lots of scoring opportunities and we just don’t finish always. I’m sure if I look at the stats today, I’m gonna see that we outshot them by a huge amount and had plenty of shots on goal and didn’t really put a great percentage of them in. So that’s where we really need to work — finishing on offense.”
The Knights next play at UW-Superior on Saturday. Their next home game is against Crown at 1 p.m. on October 11.