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Result: T 2-2 (2 OT)

Women's Soccer vs. St. Olaf College

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 – 4:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Bell Field

Knights and Oles play to 2-2 draw

By Matteo Pellizzer '20
Libby Franchot
Libby Franchot
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- In the battle of the two Northfield colleges, the Carleton College women’s soccer team played rival St. Olaf College to a 2-2 draw after double overtime, with the Knights’ goals coming from first-years Libby Franchot (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) and Kaela Mali (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood).

Playing in extra-time has been an all too familiar situation for the Knights as of late, as this was their fourth overtime game in the last five matches.

St. Olaf (7-5-1, 5-1-1 MIAC) struck first in the fourth minute off a well-played through ball from Sarah Fisco which found Abby Stets, who finished in the bottom left corner of the net for her fifth score of the year. The Knights (5-4-3, 1-3-3 MIAC) took the blow, regrouped defensively, and began to create some great opportunities for the equalizer before the halftime whistle blew.

As quickly as St. Olaf started in the first half, Carleton was just as fast in the second half, when Hailey Mair (Jr./Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic), Ruby Kazemi (Jr./Missoula, Mont./Hellgate), and Franchot linked up with a beautiful two-pass setup which resulted in Franchot taking a touch and knotting the score at one all with her shot into the top right corner.

The Knights continued to search for a second goal, until the 70th minute when Mali curved in a corner kick to put Carleton in the lead. In the 89th minute, the Oles forced overtime when  Briana Linnerooth found the ball at her feet in the middle of a crowd of defenders in the box and punched in the tying goal.

In overtime neither team found the golden goal needed to win, and the sides had to settle for a draw, the first time the Knights have not beaten their cross-town rivals since 2013.

“Today’s match was a good showing on both sides,” said Carleton head coach Jocelyn Keller. “An early goal is always a tough way to start a match, but today we rallied and scored the first goal with great composure.

“It’s great to see our first-years contribute so significantly. Our goaltending and back line were terrific today. We look forward to continuing to grow offensively, and this Saturday will be another battle. We are in a good place and aiming to stay healthy and stay composed in front of the net.”

Carleton will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday, Oct. 14 when the Knights travel to take on MIAC co-leaders Augsburg University at 7:30 p.m.

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