NEW ULM - Facing one of the tougher teams in all of NCAA Division III, the Martin Luther College men's soccer team was shut out
7-0 at the hands of Gustavus Adolphus on Wednesday at the MLC soccer field in New Ulm.
Year in and year out, Gustavus is always a top team around the area. Coming off of a rare loss also did not help MLC's chances in this one.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Martin Luther College defender Micah Koelpin attempts to clear the ball away with his head as Gustavus Adolphus forward Eli Bjerk falls to the ground during the fist half Wednesday at the MLC soccer complex in New Ulm.
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"You probably won't see many better teams in the area [than Gustavus]," said MLC coach Paul Koelpin.
Gustavus got off to a quick start with a goal in the fifth minute from Konnor Tranoris to kick off the scoring.
Just a few minutes later, the Knights had their best scoring opportunity of the day.
Nathan Graumann took a beautiful forward pass and delivered a nice ball to Ryan Lemke, who missed just to the right.
"We got ourselves a nice chance," Koelpin said. "It probably wouldn't have changed the outcome but I wish we would have converted that."
After the near miss, Gustavus answered with four goals to end the half.
Mark Tollefsrud, Eli Bjerk, Eric Schneider and David Lilly tallied the goals for Gustavus.
MLC defended much better in the second half, but the stout passing and handling ability of Gustavus limited the offensive opportunities.
Nate Kurtzweg of Gustavus scored in the 64th minute. The scoring was capped off by an own goal in the 71st minute to make the game 7-0.
"The only way you can play against a team like that is to disrupt their flow, to be aggressive," Koelpin said. "We did not follow the game plan."
MLC's goalie Eric Hahn had seven saves while the Knights managed just two shots on offense.
The Knights drop to 1-3 on the young season and will play on Sunday, when they host Wisconsin Lutheran College at 1 p.m.