Niki Tomita and Ellie Wilson celebrate after scoring in Saturday's match (photo by Timmy Zhu)
NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Second-half goals by 2010 MIAC player of the year Niki Tomita (Sr./Redwood City, Calif./Woodside) and first-year Ellie Wilson (Roseville, Minn./Roseville) powered the Carleton College women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Augsburg College. The Knights
Carleton’s (6-5-1, 3-2-1 MIAC) first goal was scored in the 61st minute, when Wilson dribbled down the left side of the field, eluded a defender and took a quick right-footed shot that found the far upper corner, her sixth score of the year adding to her team-best goal count.
Eight minutes after Wilson’s strike, Tomita was able to break free and tallied her first goal of the year. The play was made possible by Bailey Ulbrict’s (Fy./Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) long leading pass which Tomita gathered at the corner of the 18-yard box. She dribbled between a pair of Auggies, then flicked a shot with the outside of her right foot inside the near post.
Augsburg closed with a goal in the 80th minute. Olivia Muyers collected a through ball and lofted a high-arcing 20-yard shot over the head of Knights’ goalie Beth Ashinsky (Jr./Chappaqua,NY/Horace Greeley), making the score 2-1.
“We played some really great soccer today. I'm proud of the strength of character we demonstrated and our ability to play strong through some challenges,” said Carleton head coach Keren Gudeman. “We had so many players step in and contribute today, and our team's sideline support continues to be a huge point of pride and demonstrates the unique character of this team.
“Niki and Ellie's goals were beautiful finishes; it's always great to put the ball in the back of the net so decisively.”
The win today keeps Carleton in sixth place in the MIAC race, just one point from the teams tied for fourth place—and the final playoff spot. With five conference games left, the Knights are still very alive in their quest for the postseason. Carleton plays next on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Saint Mary’s University with a 7 p.m. kickoff