NEW ULM - Martin Luther College could not keep up with Gustavus Adolphus College's high scoring offense as it fell 6-2 in a nonconference college soccer match on Wednesday.
Gustavus scored goals in the 10th, 29th and 38th minutes to take a commanding 3-0 lead into halftime.
Despite allowing three goals, MLC goalkeeper Keely Keese looked solid in the goal with numerous saves that kept the game from getting out of hand.
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Martin Luther College’s Melissa Mittelstadt (22) play the ball away from Gustavus forward Brittany Chase (20) during the first half Wednesday at the MLC soccer complex in New Ulm.
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"Keely had a remarkable first half of play," said MLC coach Jeff Schone. "Three goals were scored, but the saves she made were unbelievable."
MLC came out of the half with something to prove. Freshman Jenna Maurer scored twice within one minute at the beginning of the half.
One of Maurer's goals came off an assist by fellow freshman Alyssa Maertz, while the second was off a nifty chip pass from Bethany Schultz, which Maurer rifled over the top of the Gustavus goalkeeper.
"The passes were placed very well and all the credit really goes to Alyssa and Bethany," Maurer said.
The Gusties scored three more unanswered goals, however, to close out the game and guarantee a victory.
Schultz led the team in shots on goal with four, while Maurer and Lauren Maertz had two and one.
Maurer led the Knights offensively with her two goals, and Schultz and Alyssa Maertz led MLC with one assist apiece.
The Knights (2-3) open Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play next Friday when they travel to take on Northwestern College.
"There are a lot of good things we can take out of this game and learn from going into UMAC play next week," Schone said.