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Women's Soccer vs. College of Saint Benedict

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 – 1:00 P.M. at Northfield, Minn. - Bell Field

Knights fall to Bennies in season finale

By Matteo Pellizzer '20
Hannah Hemmerly
Hannah Hemmerly
Photo: Nathan Klok

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- On the final day of the regular season, the Carleton College women’s soccer team battled with everything it had but ultimately fell to the College of Saint Benedict, 2-0.

This match also represented the final time suiting up in the white and blue for five senior players on the Knights’ roster: Hannah Hemmerly (Brooklyn, N.Y./Brooklyn Friends), Anna Huber (St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Louis Park), Ruby Kazemi (Missoula, Mont./Hellgate), Hailey Mair (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic), and Annika Martensson (Wauwatosa, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels)  

The Knights (5-8-4, 2-6-3 MIAC) out-shot the Bennies (8-6-1, 7-3-1 MIAC) by a 13-9 margin on the afternoon, yet they were unable to put the right touch on any of their chances and were kept off the scoresheet.

In the first half, Carleton was unlucky to not get out to an early lead in the fifth minute when Mair sent a corner kick into the box, and Anika Thomas-Toth’s (Jr./Seattle, Wash./Garfield) header was cleared off the line by a Bennie defender. Moments later in the seventh minute, it was Libby Franchot’s (So./Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) time to come inches from a goal when her shot from inside the box also was cleared off the goal-line by a Blazer.

Saint Benedict made the Knights pay for these missed opportunities in the 30th minute when Nicole Newman scored what proved to be the game-winning goal off a cross from Megan Thompson. Carleton had one more great opportunity as the half wound down when Martensson and Nora Mertz (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) teamed up to bully the ball through multiple Blazer defenders inside the box, but Mertz’s shot ultimately went wide.

In the second half, Thompson added a goal of her own in the 56th minute to stretch the lead to two goals and wrap up the scoring for the game. The Knights put together some good stretches of play despite being unable to score, and outshot Saint Benedict 6-3 during the second period.

Anna Roethler (So./ St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Louis Park) got the start in net for Carleton, finishing with five saves on the contest.

Despite not making the MIAC playoffs, the Knights had some great performances throughout the season, as evidenced by appearing in the United Soccer Coaches national rankings at No. 24, their first time being ranked since 2011. Mertz had six goals and 12 points, leading the team in both stats for the third consecutive season. Emma Wasend (Jr./Denver, Colo./George Washington) finished second the 2018 Knights with seven points and paced the team with three assists throughout the year.

Roethler led the team in net as well, finishing with four shutouts and an even 100 saves, tops among MIAC players during the regular season.

Ruby Kazemi, Hailey Mair, Hannah Hemmerly, Anna Huber, Annika Martensson, women's soccer, 2018-10-27

(L to R) Ruby Kazemi, Hailey Mair, Hannah Hemmerly, Anna Huber, and Annika Martensson