NEW ULM - The Martin Luther College men's soccer team lost to St. Scholastica 2-1 Friday in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action.
Playing into the wind in the first half, the Knights held CSS scoreless until the 40th minute when Joe Watt shot one past MLC goalkeeper Eric Hahn to give the Saints a 1-0 lead heading into the half.
The Knights started to gain momentum in the second half with the wind at their backs, but great scoring chances by Ryan Lemke and Kaleb Buch in front of the goal were stopped by CSS goalkeeper Adam Hewitt to keep the Saints in the lead.
The Saints scored their second goal in the 55th minute, when a scrum in front of the net off a corner kick left an open Kasey Basco to give CSS a 2-0 lead.
MLC continued to battle in the second half, outshooting the Saints 13-9 after the break, and finally were rewarded when Ben Schone scored his first career goal off a header pass from Kaleb Buch in the final minute before the clock ran out on the Knights' upset chances.
Hahn gave the Knights a chance all game. He stopped 11 of the 13 shots he faced in goal.
MLC dropped to 2-15 overall and 1-12 in UMAC play with the loss. MLC will finish the season today when it hosts Northland for a 12 p.m. game.
Women fall to Saints
NEW ULM - The MLC women's soccer team was unable to slow down first-place St. Scholastica in a 5-0 loss Friday at Knight Field.
CSS scored once early in the game to take a 1-0 lead, but the Knights hung tough until late in the half when the Saints' Shannon Carlson scored in the 39th and 44th minutes to give CSS a 3-0 halftime lead.
The Knights struggled to generate offense in the second half, as they opposed both the strong possession style of the Saints and a strong wind that made clearing their zone more difficult. CSS added one score in the 70th minute, and then capped the scoring in the final minutes to get the final margin.
MLC's best scoring chance came in the first half on a shot by Bethany Schultz, but CSS goalkeeper Kelsey Reeves was up to the task.
Keely Keese helped the Knights hang around for much of the game in goal, stopping 11 shots.
MLC dropped to 5-12 overall and 4-9 in UMAC play with the loss, while CSS improved to 14-4-1 on the season and 12-1 in conference with the win.
MLC will finish the season today when it hosts Northland for a 2:30 p.m. game.
MLC defeats Saints in five
DULUTH - The Martin Luther College volleyball team came from behind to beat St. Scholastica Friday night in five sets by the scores of 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23,15-11 to move into a third place tie in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference standings with one day left in the regular season.
Trailing 2-1 in the match, the Knights found themselves in trouble late in the fourth set behind the Saints 22-19. MLC stormed back, however, with kills from Heather Danell, Rachel Larson and Rachel Hein to win six of the final seven points of the set and force a fifth set.
Scholastica jumped out to a small lead early in the fifth set, but the Knights broke open a 9-9 game with five straight points to take a commanding lead they would hold to get the win.
With much of the attention geared to stop Rebecca Engelbrecht, MLC middle hitters Leah Nass and Hein had a major impact. Nass finished with 17 kills, while Hein finished with 15 kills. Hein and Nass also finished with and seven and five blocks, respectively.
Engelbrecht finished with 15 kills, 23 digs and eight blocks.
Miranda Maasz finished with a match-high 55 assists and also added four kills and ten digs. Alex Anthon had 20 digs from her libero position.
With the win, MLC improved to 15-11 overall and 9-4 in the UMAC, while CSS dropped to 15-12 on the season and 10-3 in league play. The Saints remain in second place in the conference standings, one game ahead of both Minnesota-Morris and MLC. The Knights hold the tie-breaker over UMM, meaning MLC would clinch the third seed in the tournament with a win Saturday at Northland.