Knights’ men, women fall in soccer openers on Friday

Women’s soccer

St. Mary’s 4, MLC 0

NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College women’s soccer team dropped its first game of the season 4-0 against Saint Mary’s (Minn.) on Friday.

The Knights hung tough in the first half and trailed only 1-0 at the break despite the Cardinals controlling play and outshooting MLC 7-1 in shots on goal.

SMU took control early in the second half, however, scoring in the 64th, 69th and 76th minutes to put the game out of reach.

MLC allowed 21 shots on goal for the game, with Maria Tomassetti and Mollie Fischer combining to stop 17 of those shots.

Morgan Hill registered the lone MLC shot on goal in the game, while Emily Witkowski also recorded a shot.

MLC fell to 0-1 on the season in defeat. SMU opened its season 1-0 following the win.

Men’s soccer

St. Olaf 2, MLC 1

NORTHFIELD — Martin Luther College’s comeback attempt fell short in a 2-1 defeat at St. Olaf in the team’s season opener.

The two teams went into the intermission scoreless at 0-0, but the Oles took control early in the second half.

St. Olaf opened the scoring in the 51st minute, and then added an insurance goal in the 60th minute to take a 2-0 lead.

The Knights responded and cut the deficit in half when Dan Wessel scored his first career goal in the 80th minute.

MLC continued to press, but were unable to come up with the equalizer down the stretch as the Oles held on for the win.

Both teams finished the game with six shots on goal, with Jon Pederson leading the Knights with two. Luke Meihack added two shots, including one shot on goal, while goalkeeper Gabriel Plocher stopped four of the six shots he faced in net.

The Knights fell to 0-1 to open the season, while St. Olaf improved to 1-0 with the win.