ST. PAUL, Minn. – Twice the Carleton College women’s soccer team battled back to tie the score but both times, host St. Catherine University responded quickly to re-gain the lead, ultimately leading to a 3-2 decision as the Knights absorbed their first conference setback of the season.
Despite the outcome, Carleton (5-4-1, 3-1 MIAC) will end Wednesday no worse than tied for second place in the crowded conference standings.
The Wildcats (5-4, 1-2 MIAC) grabbed the lead in the 17th minute, and although the Knights accumulated more shots over the remainder of the half, the visitors could not tally the equalizer… yet.
However, less than a minute into the second half, Arielle Koshkin (Sr./Oakland, Calif./Head Royce School) knotted the score at 1-1 when she headed home a corner kick from Caroline Sheffield (Fy./Seattle, Wash./Garfield). The contest stayed tied for less than five minutes, though, before the hosts regained the lead on Lensa Gurmessa’s floater.
Play on the field remained aggressive—even to the point of St. Catherine goalkeeper Danielle Mendez receiving a yellow card. Finally the Knights were rewarded in the 68th minute when Megan King (So./Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis) buried a shot from the left side into the top right corner. Bailey Ulbricht (Jr./Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Kaitlyn Gerber (Sr./Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) were credited with assists on the play.
The scoreboard read 2-2 for barely two-and-a-half minutes before Gurmessa broke the deadlock with her second goal of the contest. Carleton took the only two shots over the final 20 minutes of play but could not equal things up once more.
“We came out strong in the second half, but couldn’t respond three times on the day,” said Carleton head coach Jocelyn Keller.
The Knights out-shot the Wildcats in each half and finished with a 15-11 advantage in total attempts. Carleton also took four of the game’s six corner kicks
The Knights road trip continues with a trip to national No. 15 College of Saint Benedict on Saturday, Oct. 5. The match starts at 1 p.m.