NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Simon Ginet (Jr./Arlington, Mass./Arlington) used his head to notch the game-winner thanks to well-placed assist by Will Corcoran (Jr./Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi), and though it took him the rest of the game, Ginet would later repay the favor for Corcoran as the Carleton College men’s soccer team defeated visiting Bethel University, 2-0.
No. 14 Carleton is now unbeaten in its last 11 contests and is riding a five-game win streak. The Knights (14-1-1, 6-1-1 MIAC) got things going in the eighth minute when Derek Funk (Sr./Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) sent a high ball into the box from the right wing. Corcoran leaped up and headed the ball across the goal mouth, drawing goalkeeper A.J. Syler out of position just in time for Ginet to race in and connect on a header that rolled into the net.
It was Ginet’s sixth goal over the last four games and his 11th of the season, tying him for second among all MIAC players.
Bethel (2-13, 1-7 MIAC) had difficulty gathering any momentum in the first period, tallying only two shots before intermission.
After halftime, Carleton kept the pressure on Bethel, recording an 11-1 shot advantage in the second 45-minute period.
Carleton put the finishing touch on the game with 11 seconds to play. Ginet was moving through the midfield when he spotted Corcoran in space on the left. Ginet fired to Corcoran, who dribbled inside the 18, worked his way around the goalkeeper and fired the ball into the right side of the net to seal the game for the Knights.
James Neher (Jr./Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi) stood tall between the pipes for the Knights and recorded two saves in posting the clean sheet.
The playoff picture is far from settled. Six squads are still alive for spots in the MIAC’s four-team post-season tournament (SEE CHART BELOW). There is even one scenario where five of those squads could tie for first place with a 7-2-1 MIAC record, meaning one of the conference co-champions would not even make the playoffs.
The Knights can do a lot to help resolve this situation over the next week. Carleton hosts the University of St. Thomas—with whom they are currently tied for second in the conference—on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Knights Online will have live stats and video available. The regular season concludes on Saturday, Oct. 27 vs. St. Olaf.
||MIAC Standings Points
||Remaining MIAC Games
|Carleton||6-1-1||19||2||vs UST||vs STO|
|St. Thomas||6-1-1||19||2||at CAR||vs BU|
|Saint John's||5-2-1||16||2||vs HAM||vs CON|
|St. Olaf||5-2-1||16||2||at BU||at CAR|
|Augsburg||4-3-1||13||2||at CON||vs SMU|
|*Concordia||3-5||9||2||vs AUG||at SJU|
|*Saint Mary's||3-5||9||2||at MAC||at AUG|
|*Macalester||2-6||6||2||vs SMU||vs GAC|
|*Bethel||1-7||3||2||vs. STO||at UST|
*elminated from playoff contention
Teams get 3 standings points for a win, 1 point for a tie