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MLC roundup: Men’s soccer team falls 6-0

Information courtesy of MLC Athletics

Men’s soccer

St. Olaf 6, MLC 0

NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team lost its 2019 home opener to St. Olaf by the score of 6-0 on Saturday.

The Knights started slow, perhaps showing the affects of Friday night’s double overtime tie at Buena Vista, and allowed six first-half tallies by the Oles.

St. Olaf started the scoring in the seventh minute, and then picked up steam as the half went on. They added goals in the 21st, 28th and 35th minutes, and then scored two quick tallies in the final minutes of the first half to take a commanding 6-0 lead.

MLC was able to get a number of young players their first action of the season in the second half, and the team held the Oles without a goal in the final 45 minutes, but the damage done in the first half was too much to overcome.

Keeper Josiah Mittelstadt was strong in goal despite the six scores allowed. He stopped 12 shots and made several sprawling stops early in the game to keep the Knights in the game.

MLC fell to 0-1-1 on the season in defeat. St. Olaf improved to 2-0-0 with the win.

College volleyball

Northland 3, MLC 1

Olivet 3, MLC 0

BELOIT, Wis. — The Martin Luther College volleyball team lost both its matches on day two of a tournament at Beloit College on Saturday. The Knights lost the opener 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 15-25, 25-21) to Northland College, and followed that with a 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-23) loss to Olivet in the finale.

After a disappointing defeat to Northland in the first match of the day, the Knights went toe-to-toe against Olivet, which entered that match with an unbeaten 3-0 record.

The Knights dropped the first game 25-17, but pushed Olivet to the limit in the next two sets, losing by only two in each game.

MLC hit .153 for the match, led by eight kills from both Kelsey Birschbach and Alyssa Heckendorf. Hannah Willems was the most efficient MLC hitter with a .385 attack percentage for the match.

Jewel St. Germaine led the team with 17 assists and added eight digs. Birschbach finished with a team-high nine digs.

MLC fell to 0-4 on the season with the two defeats.

Women’s cross-country

ST. BONIFACIUS — The Martin Luther College women’s cross-country team opened its 2019 season with a third-place finish at the Crown College Invitational on Saturday.

The Knights finished the event with a total team score of 74 points, trailing the top two teams of Gustavus Adolphus (16 points) and Crown (51).

Abigail Buege was the top MLC runner in 11th place following a time of 22:10.33.

The next group of MLC runners came in several minutes behind Buege’s time. Molly Bauer finished in 24:16.14, while Eliza Punzel (24:46.79) and Hannah Kratz (24:54.94) each came in under 25 minutes. Elsa Ponath rounded out the Knights’ top five with a time of 25:11.68.

Men’s cross-country

ST. BONIFACIUS — The Martin Luther College men’s cross-country team started its 2019 campaign with a third-place finish at the Crown College Invitational on Saturday.

Gustavus Adolphus took five place with a total team score of 17 points, followed by St. Thomas with 46 points. MLC came in third with a total team score of 85.

Ethan Carter led the way for the Knights with a time of 22:00.01, good for 27th place overall.

Ryan Maertz (22:12.47), Josiah Loersch (22:30.33), Levi Stelljes (22:45.42) and Jacob Melso (22:51.73) each finished under 23 minutes behind Carter to round out the MLC lineup.

Men’s golf

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The Martin Luther College men’s golf team finished the two-day Twin Ports Collegiate Invitational in fourth place following Saturday’s second round at Nemadji Golf Course.

The Knights shot a total team score of 316 Saturday to finish with a two-day score of 650 total strokes. UW-Superior’s top team finished first with a team score of 600 over the two days, followed by Saint Mary’s (605) and St. Scholastica (618).

Zackary Zuberbier led the charge for MLC with his best round as collegiate player. Zuberbier shot 73 on Saturday, giving him a two-day total of 151 that put him in a tie for sixth place out of 47 golfers at the event.

The other four players on the MLC team each shot better than their Friday totals, as well. Kyle Lindemann shot 77 to move into a tie for 17th place with a total score of 161. Stephen Biebert took 20th place with a two-day score of 164 (83-81), and Chris Biebert shaved four strokes off his Friday score with an 85 on Saturday.

Women’s golf

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The Martin Luther College women’s golf team finished the two-day Twin Ports Collegiate Invitational in eighth place following Saturday’s second round held at Nemadji Golf Course.

All four individual players for MLC shot better on Saturday than in Friday’s opening round, helping the Knights shave 23 strokes off their score between the two days. The Knights finished the event with a total team score of 949 (486 – 463).

Alison Lindemann came back from a tough opening round to shoot 87 on Saturday, pushing her into 19th place overall at the event with a two-day total of 188.

Melina Satorius shot 110 for a two-day total of 224. Lexi Fischer shot 126, while Rebecca Schilling shot 140.

The top team from St. Scholastica won the event with a total team score of 681 strokes. UW-Eau Claire (688) and Saint Mary’s (754) rounded out the top three.

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