NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Claire McGillem (Sr./Barrington, Ill./Barrington) scored a second-half goal for the Knights, but the Carleton College women’s soccer team was unable to completely erase a two-goal gap as they absorbed their first setback of the season, falling to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2-1.
The Pointers (3-1-0) wasted no time getting things underway, when in the 11th minute Jessica Ruch took a pass from Sammy Greer and fired a shot from the left wing that snuck in passed the left post to lift the visitors to an early lead.
The Knights (3-1-0) almost tied things up in the 33rd minute. Marlena Hartman-Filson’s (Sr./Evergreen, Colo./Evergreen Academy) header off a corner kick was out of the reach of UWSP goalkeeper Kristin Churkey, but the ball was cleared off the line by one of the Pointer defenders.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point increased its lead to 2-0 lead in the 53rd minute, when Angela Gallow collected a loose ball inside the Carleton 18 and tucked it inside the left post.
Churkey got further assistance from her teammates in the 62nd minute. in a case of bad déjà vu for Carleton, Hartman Filson nearly scored off a set piece, but her header following a corner kick was once again cleared off the line by a defender.
The Knights used some crisp passing to net their goal in the 70th minute. Madelaine Horn (Fy./Hamilton, Ont./Westdale Secondary) tracked down a long ball and found Karlie Haug (Sr./Rapid City, S.D./Stevens) at the top of the box. Another pass across the defense found McGillem on a run. The Carleton midfielder took a touch toward the middle then slotted a left-footed shot inside the right post.
Over the remainder of the game, Stevens Point tried to run down the clock, playing keep-away in the Carleton corners. The Knights were unable to capitalize on a pair of corner kicks during the final five minutes.
The Knights play at home tomorrow, Sept. 9 against the College of St. Scholastica, with whom the Knights are currently tied for third place in the regional rankings. The 2:00 p.m. game will have video and live stats available via Knights Online.
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