It was a day of firsts at Bell Field, as Annika Ord ‘14 scored her first collegiate career goal in the first minute of play. While Ord notched the game winner early, four other Knights also found the back of the net—three of them recording their first collegiate tallies—as the Carleton College women’s soccer team defeated visiting Gustavus Adolphus College by a 5-0 margin.
Carleton (6-3-2, 2-2-1 MIAC) came into the game in the midst of a 419-minute scoring drought at home. That streak ended quickly when Ord hauled in a cross from Ellie Wilson ‘15 and put the ball in the back of the net just 52 seconds into the game.
Carleton out-shot Gustavus (4-5, 2-3 MIAC) by a 16-2 margin in the opening half and finished with a 28-6 advantage for the day.
The opening seconds of the second half proved to be just as exciting as the first as Karlie Haug ‘13 got loose atop the 18 and fired the ball past Gustavus’ Jessica Richert into the left side of the net in the 46th minute, scoring her first collegiate goal and putting the Knights in front by a pair.
Seven minutes later, a dangerous cross into the Gusties’ box was swarmed by Carleton, and Bailey Ulbricht ‘15 fought her way to the center of the scrum to bury the ball in the net and tally her second goal of the 2012 campaign.
Ulbricht would spring another attack in the 71st minute, collecting a ball out of the air and sending a low cross from the six that rolled through the defense. Madelaine Horn ‘16 was already bolting up the right side of the field from the defensive wall and slid into the box to connect with Ulbricht’s feed, rocketing the ball into the twine and notching her first collegiate goal while increasing Carleton’s lead to 4-0.
The final goal would be recorded by Alexandra Guy ‘15, who beat her defender to collect a loose ball in the box, earning a one-on-one with the Gusties’ keeper inside the 18. Guy slotted it to the left of the diving keeper, recording her first collegiate mark and the final goal of the match.
“I’m really pleased with our performance out on the field today” said Knights head coach Jocelyn Keller. “It really speaks well about a team when you are able to have players from all over the field score. I’m particularly pleased with the level of focus and intensity the team had going into the match, and I think that intensity will be key as we head down the stretch in conference play.”
Mikayla Coulombe ‘16 registered three saves in notching her seventh shutout of the season. The Carleton defense has permitted only two goals over the last seven contests.
Carleton next travels to Minneapolis to face off against Augsburg College on Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:00 p.m.