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Men’s soccer shuts out Concordia

Leading scorer David Rosenthal ’14 nets two goals in 3-0 win

The men’s soccer team topped the Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers 3-0 on Oct. 20 at Rolf Mellby Field. David Rosenthal ’14 scored twice in the victory.

The Oles jumped to an early lead off a goal from Kenzie Lund ’14 at 5:18. Nick Lund ’15 assisted on the play, crossing from the left to allow Kenzie Lund a clear line to the net. The goal marked Kenzie Lund’s fourth of the season.

Fifteen minutes later, Rosenthal capitalized on a penalty kick, sending the ball soaring past Cobber goalkeeper Peter Runquist. Awarded another penalty kick during the 27-minute mark, Rosenthal responded similarly, propelling the Oles to a 3-0 lead. The two goals were Rosenthal’s 10th and 11th of the season.

The Oles held their lead throughout the second half while Harry Ullmann ’13 made four saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season. Runquist made 13 saves for the Cobbers. Throughout the game, the Oles outshot the Cobbers 26-10. The victory was their fourth in a row.

Three days later, the Oles extended their winning streak to five games, defeating Bethel University 4-2 in Arden Hills, Minn. Four different players scored in the victory, including Rosenthal for his 12th of the season – a team best. Stephen Johnson ’14, Kevin Skrip ’16 and Austin Dressen ’13 also netted goals for the Oles. Ullmann made five saves.

With the win, St. Olaf’s record stands at 11-5-1, 6-2-1 in the MIAC.

Next up, the Oles face off at Carleton College 15-1-1, 7-1-1 on Oct. 27 for their last game of the regular season.

While the victory over Bethel allowed the Oles to remain in the playoff hunt, this weekend’s play will determine which teams will claim the remaining two spots. Gustavus Adolphus College and Carleton College have both clinched playoff berths, while St. Olaf, St. Thomas University and Saint John’s University will fight for seeds three and four. On the last day of regular-season play, St. Thomas 10-4-3, 6-2-1 faces Bethel 2-14, 1-8, and Saint John’s plays Concordia College 6-11, 3-6.