MLC men defeat Morris
NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team earned a 2-1 Upper Midwest Athletic Conferce win over Minnesota Morris on a cold and windy Tuesday afternoon at Knight Field.
Senior Joe Graumann scored both goals in the game for MLC to give him a team-leading eight goals this season and 36 for his career, tying him with Karl Valleskey for fourth on the MLC all-time goal scoring list. He also tied Valleskey on the all-time points list with 88 for his career.
Graumann opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a header off Clay Hirsch’s corner kick to give the Knights a 1-0 lead, but the Cougars tied the game at the 39:00 mark with a penalty kick to send the game to halftime 1-1.
The teams remained tied until the 88th minute, when Graumann once again took a pass from Hirsch and blasted a shot past the UMM keeper from the right side of the box to give the Knights the win.
Graumann finished with five total shots, including two shots on goal, to lead all players. Josh Thiesfeldt and Hirsch each finished with four shots for the Knights.
MLC keeper Joshua Higgins stopped five of the Cougars’ six shots on goal.
The Knights improved to 4-9-2 on the season and 2-3-0 in UMAC play with the win. UMM fell to 4-12 overall and 2-3 in league play in defeat.
MLC will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Northwestern-St. Paul in a game scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
NEW ULM — The MLC women’s soccer team lost 2-0 to Minnesota Morris on a pair of second half goals on Tuesday.
The Knights fought the Cougars to a scoreless first half on a cold and windy day on the pitch at Knight Field, but UMM would strike early in the second half in the 49th minute on a goal from Monica Calderon.
MLC had several opportunities in the second half, but the Cougars were able to control possession with the wind at their backs after the break and finally added the second goal with just 21 seconds remaining when Calderon countered an aggressive MLC attack with a breakaway goal to seal the game.
The Cougars finished with 19 shots compared to six for the Knights, and outshot MLC 10-4 in shots on goal for the game.
MLC keeper Mollie Fischer finished with eight saves, while Lydia Bitter led the Knights with two shots on goal.
The Knights fell to 5-7 on the season and 2-2 in UMAC play in defeat. UMM improved to 4-6 overall and 2-3 in league play with the win.
MLC will return to action on Saturday, when it hosts Northwestern-St. Paul in a game scheduled to start at 1 p.m.