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College soccer: Overtime goal lifts MLC women past Bethany 2-1, men defeat Northland

The Martin Luther College women’s soccer team won its quarterfinal game of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament 2-1 in overtime against rival Bethany Lutheran on Monday.

After a scoreless first half, the Vikings took a 1-0 lead on a long-distance goal by Maddie Perry over the head of MLC keeper Mollie Fischer in the 64th minute of play.

BLC threatened to put the game away with a penalty kick opportunity in the 73rd minute, but Fischer stoned the Vikings on the kick and the rebound to keep the deficit 1-0 heading into the final minutes.

Those saves would turn out to be big, as the Knights finally scored the equalizer on an own goal in the 84th minute to force overtime.

In the extra period, the Knights finally took advantage of their 11th corner kick of the game as Maya Aden’s kick found Avery Broyles in front of the goal, and Broyles ended the game with her first goal of the season.

The Knights outshot the Vikings 16-11 overall, with Erika Rosenbaum leading the way with five shots.

Fischer stopped six of the Vikings’ seven shots on goal.

MLC improved to 8-9-1 on the season and advanced to the semifinal around of the conference tournament, where it will play at St. Scholastica in a game scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

BLC dropped to 8-10 in defeat.

Men’s soccer

ASHLAND, Wis. — The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team overcame an early deficit to win 3-1 at Northland College in the quarterfinal round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament.

The game didn’t start the way the Knights hoped, as the LumberJacks scored 27 seconds into the game on the way to a 1-0 halftime lead.

The Knights gave Northland a taste of its own medicine to start the second half, however, as Nathan Lemke curled a long shot over the keeper into the upper right corner just 22 seconds into the second half to tie the game 1-1.

Joe Graumann put the Knights ahead with a breakaway goal in the 64th minute, and Xander Heiman finished the scoring with an insurance goal in the 87th minute.

Josh Thiesfeldt assisted on Lemke’s equalizing goal early in the second half, while Lemke added a helper on Graumann’s game-winner.

The LumberJacks were credited with 21 shots compared to 16 for the Knights, but the two teams each finished with 11 shots on goal.

Joshua Higgins was steady in goal after the tough start, stopping 10 of the 11 LumberJack shots.

MLC improved to 6-12-2 on the season with the win, and advanced to the semifinal round of the UMAC Postseason Tournament on Wednesday, against top-seeded UW-Superior.

Northland fell to 4-12-1 on the season in defeat.

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