MLC men’s soccer blanks Crown, women win big vs. Storm

Men’s soccer

The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team returned defeated Crown College 2-1 in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action on Wednesday.

The Knights did all their damage on offense in the final three minutes of the first half on goals by Luke Meihack and Josh Koelpin, and made those goals stand with a strong defensive second half.

Meihack broke a scoreless tie in the 43rd minute with his fifth goal of the season off a pass from Nathan Graumann to give the Knights momentum late in the half.

Koelpin then sent the Knights flying high into the break with a laser shot to the far post off his brother Joel Koelpin’s pass with just two seconds to play in the half to give MLC the 2-0 lead.

With the Knights unable to add an insurance goal early in the second half, the Storm made them play to the end thanks to a goal in the 71st minute, but the MLC defense led by Elijah Kroll, Ryan Plath and Justin Digman held the Storm at bay the rest of the game to secure the win.

Gabriel Plocher started in goal for MLC and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

MLC improved to 5-6 on the season and 4-2 in UMAC play with the win. Crown fell to 1-10-2 overall and 0-6-2 in league play with the loss.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday against UW-Superior. The two teams will play the remaining 28:02 of the suspended game from September 23 starting at 2:15 p.m., and will follow shortly afterwards with the orginally scheduled game at 3 p.m.

Women’s soccer

The MLC women’s soccer team earned a 5-0 shutout win over Crown College on Wednesday in UMAC action.

The shutout was the Knights’ sixth of the season, and the fifth in eight UMAC games.

MLC jumped out front early on Martha Balge’s second goal of the season in the fourth minute off a pass from Morgan Hill. Hill got into the act just two minutes later with a penalty kick goal. The goal was Hill’s fifth this season.

Danielle Hall finished the first half scoring with her first of the season to push the lead to 3-0 heading into halftime. Mary Falck and Sarah Kell finished the scoring in the second half for the Knights, who recorded 43 total shots and 18 shots on goal in the game.

Hailey Johnson finished with 11 total shots and five shots on goal to lead MLC in both categories.

Mariah Tomassetti started in goal and played the first 77 minutes before giving way to Sarah Rigge to finish the game. Tomassetti recorded one save on the only Storm shot on target.

MLC improved to 6-4-2 on the season and 5-1-1 in UMAC play with the win.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday, October 14.