Women’s soccer falls in semifinal

Augsburg’s overtime goal ends Oles’ season in devastating loss

The women’s soccer team suffered a 1-2 overtime loss to Augsburg College on Oct. 31 in the MIAC semifinals at Rolf Mellby Field. The defeat ended the Oles’ season, the team’s final record standing at 8-7-4, 6-4-2 in the MIAC.

The Auggies jumped to a 1-0 first-half lead off a goal from midfielder Bri Dorale at 36:17. Rachael Nelson assisted on the play, claiming the ball off a corner kick and passing to Dorale in front of the net. The goal marked Dorale’s third of the season.

The Oles responded in the second half. After a near miss on Kajsa Brindley’s ’16 shot that hit the post, the Oles tied the game in the 60th minute off a goal from Christine Barringer ’13. Similar to the Auggies’ first-half goal, the point followed a corner kick. Barringer rushed to a loose ball in front of the net, sending it unassisted past Auggie goaltender Katie Gajewski. The goal was Barringer’s third of the season.

In the final half hour of regular time, the Oles dominated, outshooting the Auggies 4-0. Brindley had a shot hit the crossbar in the 84th minute, leading to a rebound attempt by Kyle Clifford ’16. Gawjewski, who had seven saves throughout the game, thwarted the Oles’ efforts.

As the clock wound down, the score remained tied, forcing sudden-death overtime. The Auggies had four shots in the extra time period, including Marie Fitzgerald’s game-winning goal with 4:06 remaining.

St. Olaf goaltender Nora Forbes ’14 made six saves in the loss.

Augsburg faces Concordia-Moorhead on Nov. 3 for the MIAC championship.