MLC women tie Buena Vista, MLC men fall in double overtime

Women’s soccer

Buena Vista 1, MLC 1, 2 OT

STORM LAKE, Iowa — The Martin Luther College women’s soccer team opened its season with a 1-1 tie after two overtimes at Buena Vista on Tuesday.

The Knights opened the scoring thanks to a BVU own goal in the 39th minute and held that lead past the midway point in the second half until the Beavers tied the score in the 76th minute.

The two teams battled through two overtime periods and 110 total minutes, but a winner could not be decided.

MLC finished the match with 10 total shots and seven shots on goal. Hailey Johnson led the way with three shots, while Morgan Hill and Kasandra Wagner each recorded two shots. Hill led the team with two shots on goal.

The veteran back line led by seniors Sarah Kell and Emily Muir played a strong game in front of keeper Erin Feddersen, who saved seven of the eight shots she faced in her collegiate debut in goal.

MLC opened its season 0-0-1 with the tie, while the Beavers moved to 1-0-1 on the season.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Saint Mary’s to face Nebraska Wesleyan in a match scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

MLC men lose in double overtime

STORM LAKE, Iowa — The MLC men’s soccer team lost its season opener at Buena Vista 2-1 in double overtime Tuesday night.

The men started late following a 1-1 tie after a pair of overtimes by the women’s soccer teams, and the men nearly followed suit in the night cap.

Joseph Graumann put the Knights on the board early with his first goal of the season in the ninth minute to give MLC the 1-0 lead.

The Beavers came back quickly thanks to a Noah Bardwell goal in the 12th minute to tie the score 1-1.

The two teams remained tied through one overtime until Bardwell scored the game-winner off a corner kick in the 102nd minute to give BVU the win.

Both teams finished with 16 total shots, and while the Knights were credited with only two shots on goal, Graumann (19th minute) and Josh Koelpin (64th minute) each hit the crossbar on attempts that that would have given the Knights the lead.

Graumann led the Knights with four total shots, while Koelpin and Ethan Schultz were each credited with three shots apiece. Caleb King stopped six of the eight shots on he faced in goal for MLC.

The Knights fell to 0-1 while BVU improved to 2-1 with the win.

MLC will return to action at 5 p.m. on Wednesday when it hosts Gustavus Adolphus College.