NEW ULM - The Martin Luther College women's soccer team held the high-scoring Bethany Lutheran offense scoreless for the first 36 minutes, but the Vikings scored five times in the next 30 minutes as BLC topped the Knights 5-2 Saturday in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action at Knight Field.
The Vikings' Paige Taylor scored three goals for BLC, while Maggie LaPlante added two.
Taylor started the scoring in the 37th minute, and LaPlante shortly followed to give the Vikings a 2-0 lead late in the first half.
The Knights were able to stop that momentum, however, with a goal by Lauren Maertz after a strong pass from Bethany Schultz to Cassie Krug to cut the deficit to 2-1 heading into the half.
BLC took control of the second half, as Taylor added two more tallies and LaPlante a second in the first 20 minutes of the half to push the lead to 5-1.
Hannah Mattek scored in the 88th minute to cut the deficit to 5-2.
MLC outshot the Vikings 19-13 for the game, but the Vikings took better advantage of their opportunities. Schultz finished with a team high five shots.
The Knights' dropped to 4-7 on the season and 3-4 in UMAC play with the loss.
MLC will return to action on Thursday when it hosts Minnesota Morris in a game scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
Men lose to BLC
NEW ULM - The MLC men's soccer team was unable to hold on to an early lead in a 3-2 loss to Bethany Lutheran Saturday at Knight Field.
The Knights jumped in front early on a pair of goals by Kaleb Buch, his first two of the season. Buch's first tally came in the 28th minute off a pass from Ryan Lemke, and then added his second unassisted in the 35th minute.
The Vikings got a goal from Joseph Perez to cut the MLC lead to 2-1 heading into the half.
Bethany tied it in the 64th minute when Perez scored his second of the game to tie it up at 2-2, and then scored the game-winner in the 81st minute on a goal by Julio Garcia.
MLC goalkeeper Eric Hahn stopped eight of the 11 shots he faced in net.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 2-9 on the season and 1-6 in league play. MLC will return to action at 1 p.m. Thursday when it hosts Minnesota Morris.
Football loses to Eureka
EUREKA, Ill. - The MLC football team outgained Eureka, but saw Eureka score 13 points off three turnovers in a 22-12 loss Saturday.
The Knights' first turnover was costly, as Eureka recovered a fumble by tight end Trent Tatje inside the MLC 20-yard-line and scored two plays later to take a 7-0 lead five minutes into the first quarter.
Eureka struck again late in the first half, capping an 11-play drive with a Sam Durley touchdown pass to take a 14-0 lead into the half.
The final turnover for the Knights on the day came at the start of the third quarter. Quarterback Luke Rothe was hit and fumbled deep inside MLC territory, leading to a Eureka touchdown that pushed the MLC deficit to 20-0 after a missed extra point.
The MLC offense came alive after that point. Rothe moved the ball through the air and threw touchdown passes to Dan Rodewald and Josh Rathje in the Knights' next two possessions, but the Knights missed an extra point and a two-point conversation attempt, so they still trailed 20-12 at the end of three.
In the Knights' next possession at the start the fourth quarter, they marched down to the Eureka 18-yard-line before turning the ball over on downs.
Rothe finished the day with 140 yards passing and 74 yards rushing as the Knights outgained Eureka 271-248 overall. Micah Plocher and Scott Henrich were Rothe's top targets through the air, finishing with 64 and 63 yards, respectively.
The defensive effort was led by Benjamin Olson, who led the team with 15 tackles. Paul Spaude and Conrad Dewey each finished with 10 tackles, while Derek Loewen added nine.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the UMAC.
MLC will return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Greenville in its homecoming game.
Golf finishes sixth
BREEZY POINT - The MLC men's golf team finished the fall season with a sixth place finish at the UMAC Men's Golf Championship held at Deacon's Lodge Golf Course.
MLC had its best day of the three-day event, shaving nearly forty strokes off its totals from each of the first two days.
Craig Wilke tied his low round of the season with an 80, moving him into 11th place in the individual competition at the event.
Eric Mielke shot 95 and was the Knights' second best finisher, while Timothy Priewe and Charlie Crass shot 97 and 99.
Women's CC finishes sixth at Wartburg
WAVERLY, Iowa - The MLC women's cross country team finished sixth at the Don Huston Invitational held at Wartburg College Saturday.
Robin Nommensen was the Knights' top finisher against a tough field, taking 38th place with a time of 25:38. Nommensen was followed in the next four places by MLC runners Hannah Hackbarth, Brooke King, Sarah Rehberger and Amanda Walther.
MLC will return to the trails at 11 a.m. Saturday when it hosts the MLC Invitational at 11 a.m.
Men also compete at Wartburg
WAVERLY, Iowa - The MLC men's cross country team finished seventh at the Don Huston Invitational held at Wartburg College Saturday.
The top time for MLC was turned in by Grey Davis, who finished 34th in a time of 28:11. He was followed in the next two places by Noah Willitz and Ben Birner in 35th and 36th place, respectively.
MLC will return to action on Saturday when it hosts the MLC Invitational at 11:45 a.m.