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Knights Jump to No. 16 in National Rankings

October 3, 2012 at 11:43 am
By Kelsey Parsons '13

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The Carleton men’s soccer team moved up six spots in the most recent NSCAA ranking after recording two more conference wins this past week. Previously No. 22, the Knights climbed to an impressive No. 16 in the nation, and sit at No. 2 in the Northern Region.

Last Wednesday, Carleton matched up against Macalester College on the road in St. Paul. In the 13th minute, Will Corcoran (Jr./Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi) converted a penalty kick opportunity and later in the 21st minute, Branden McGarrity (Fy./Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) added another goal to secure a 2-1 victory for the Knights. 

Carleton continued its play on the road last Saturday with a match against then-conference leader Gustavus. Alex Voorhees (Sr./Winnetka, Ill./New Trier), Will Schifeling (So./Eau Claire, Wis./Regis), and McGarrity all found the back of the back of the net, and the Knights left St. Peter with a decisive 3-0 victory.  The loss snapped the Gusties’ eight-match unbeaten streak, and handed them their first conference loss. 

McGarrity leads the MIAC and is tied for fourth in the nation for total goals scored (13). He is only three scores away from breaking Carleton’s school record for goals scored in a single season. As a team, the Knights have outscored their opponents 35-8, and rank sixth in the nation with an average of 3.5 goals per game. The Knights now sit tied for third in the MIAC, just behind Gustavus and St. Thomas.