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Result: W 3-0

Women's Soccer vs. Bethel University

Saturday, October 21st, 2017 – 3:30 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Bell Field

Knights shut out Bethel to get back on track

By Matteo Pellizzer '20
Madeline Topf
Madeline Topf
Photo: Tom Dahlin

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The Carleton College women’s soccer team got back on the winning track as the Knights celebrated Senior Day and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 victory over Bethel University. The scoring came from Annika Martensson (Jr./Wauwatosa, Wis./Divine Savior), Nora Mertz (So./Evanston, Ill./Evanston), and Rachel Foster (Jr./Lexington, Mass./Lexington).

Statistically, Carleton (6-6-3, 2-4-3 MIAC) dominated the visiting Royals (7-6-2, 3-5-1 MIAC) all game, outshooting the visitors 23-8 and controlling the ball for long periods of time.

In the 10th minute, Martensson got the scoring started when she collected a pass from Libby Franchot (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) in the box and slid the ball past the goalkeeper.

Carleton continued their offensive blitz with Mertz scoring her team leading 10th goal of the year, moving the sophomore into a tie for fifth place on the Knights’ single-season scoring list (SEE BELOW). Mertz’s tally came in the 42nd minute when she got a ball from Julia Kenney (So./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) and blasted a shot past the Royal keeper to bring the score to 2-0 at the half.

Carleton secured an insurance goal in the 67th minute, with Foster scoring her first career goal after Madeline Topf (Sr./Ames, Iowa, Ames) headed the ball to her off an Emma Wasend (So./Denver, Colo./George Washington) corner. This play was especially popular with the home crowd as there was a large turnout to celebrate Topf, the lone senior on the Knights’ roster.

“Maddie has been asked to give more and more, and each year she has risen to the challenge,” said Carleton head coach Jocelyn Keller. “Maddie’s pursuit to improve as a whole player is what I will remember most.”

Moving forward the Knights continue to face an uphill battle to grab the last MIAC playoff spot as they currently sit five points out of the final spot with two games to play. However, winning their match against Bethel was a necessary step, and if they win out and receive some help elsewhere in the conference, Carleton could still grab a postseason berth for the first time since 2014.

The next step on this path will come on Wednesday, Oct. 25 when Carleton hosts Saint Mary’s University at 3:30 p.m. Knights Online will feature live video and stats.


       Goals – Player – Year
1)   14 – Birungi Mutebi – 1998
2)   13 – Birungi Mutebi – 2001
      13 – M. Hartman-Filson – 2010
4)   12 – Niki Tomita – 2009
5)   10 – Sharon Goodwin – 1998
      10 – Nicky Bloom – 2008
      10 – Ava Lewis – 2014
      10 – Nora Mertz – 2017