Zoe Suche (#5) prepares to fire the game-winning shot in the second half
NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Zoe Suche (Jr./Calgary, Alb./Western Canada) stole the ball from a defender and scored from long range to give the Carleton College women’s soccer team a 1-0 triumph over visiting Bethel University. (SEE THE GAME-WINNING GOAL HERE)
The win moves the Knights (9-5-2, 6-2-1 MIAC) up to second place in the conference standings. The Knights improved to 5-0-1 over the last two-and-a-half weeks and have climbed from eighth to second place in the crowded MIAC table. Only six points separate the top six spots in the standings.
Carleton dominated the pace of play, but had a difficult time cracking the Royal defense as Bethel goalkeeper Alyssa Riggs collected eight saves. Despite a 14-1 advantage in shots, it was a defensive play that led to the game’s lone goal.
Bailey Ulbricht (Fy./Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) had the initial challenge of the Bethel player, then Suche came in and swiped the ball. She took a touch toward the outside, then finished with a 25-yard rocket to the far post, tallying her third goal of the season.
Carleton keeper Beth Ashinsky (Jr./Mount Kisco, N.Y./Horace Greeley) was not forced to register a save as she recorded the 16th clean sheet of her career.
Carleton has two more games remaining in the regular season. First up is a visit from University of St. Thomas on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. followed by the annual contest against rival St. Olaf College on Saturday, Oct. 29. Knights Online will provide live video webcasts of both home matches as each contest features a pair of teams in the midst of the playoff chase.