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Result: W 6-1

Women's Soccer hosts University of Northwestern - St. Paul

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - Bell Field

Knights use second-half scoring flurry to ground Northwestern

Team celebration, Madeline Marker
The Knights celebrate Madeline Marker's first goal of the year.
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Nora Mertz (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) continues to wreak havoc with opposing defenses as the sophomore forward scored twice in a 6-1 victory for Carleton College women’s soccer over visiting University of Northwestern (Minn.). With four victories in as many tries, the Knights have already matched their victory total from a season ago.

“Nora continues to have a nose for the net, and it's great to see her feel more and more comfortable,” said Carleton head coach Jocelyn Keller.

Mertz has scored at least one goal in all four Carleton games this season and paces all MIAC players with seven scores. That is already tied for the Knights’ third-highest season goal total over the last seven campaigns.

Player Goals Games
Ava Lewis 10 in 2014 (19 games)
Ava Lewis 8 in 2015 (17 games)
Ellie Wilson 7 in 2014 (19 games)
Norz Mertz 7 in 2017 (4 games)

Mertz got the Knights on the scoreboard first with her tally in the 16th minute. Ruby Kazemi (Jr./Missoula, Mont./Hellgate) nearly added to that total when her well-struck ball clanged off the left post in the 24th minute.

Madeline Topf (Sr./Ames, Iowa/Ames) notched her first goal of the year in the 42nd minute, but Northwestern responded with renewed energy after intermission and closed on a goal by Megan Larsen in the 50th minute.

It remained 2-1 until Libby Franchot (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) provided insurance in the 66th minute. Madeline Marker (So./Edina, Minn./Edina), Ellery Rourke (Fy./Sun Prarie, Wis./Verona), and Mertz rounded out the scoring.

Lily Danna (Fy./Los Angeles, Calif./Los Angeles CES) picked up the win in her collegiate debut, registering a pair of saves.

“Our second half was terrific and to see goals from various players was a nice change,” said Keller. “It's been great to see this team rally when faced with challenges. I do feel our finishing and one v one on-goal needs improvement, but we created and capitalized in the second.”

Carleton opens the conference season on Tuesday, Sept. 12 by hosting Gustavus Adolphus College at 4 p.m. Knights Online will provide live video and stats.

“We are excited to face MIAC play, and GAC is always a strong rivalry,” noted Keller. “The women feel ready as today served an opportunity to get all healthy bodies on the field, and we were able to rest some others.”