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Result: W 1-0

Women's Soccer at Hamline University

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Paul, Minn. - Pat Paterson Field

Nora Mertz does it again, propels Knights to win at Hamline

By Matteo Pellizzer '20
Nora Mertz
Nora Mertz
Photo: Nathan Klok

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Carleton College women’s soccer team got back on the winning track, going on the road and knocking off Hamline University, 1-0, for the Knights’ first victory in MIAC play.

Both teams made sure the goalies had busy days, with the Knights (5-1-0, 1-1-0 MIAC) finishing with 13 shots, while the Pipers (3-2-1, 1-1-0 MIAC) finished with 18 shots. Despite all the opportunities, the breakthrough for Carleton had to wait until the 85th minute when Nora Mertz (So./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) got on the end of a ball from Libby Franchot (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) and slotted home her third game winner of the season.

The first half was full of action despite neither team coming away with anything to show for their efforts. Both the Knights and the Pipers looked to attack the middle of field, sending in plenty of crosses and long balls, however the goalies and backlines snuffed out any scoring chances, so the MIAC foes had to settle for a scoreless tie at the half.

The second half featured less chances as the teams settled in more, however Carleton continued to look for its opportunity and was nearly rewarded when Madeline Marker (So./Edina, Minn./Edina) struck the crossbar in the 58th minute.

After playing the majority of the second half, Mertz came out for a rest in the 80th minute. After five minutes passed, she was inserted back into the lineup, a move that paid dividends only 40 seconds later. Mertz scored her MIAC-best eighth goal overall, tying for 11th in the Carleton single-season record book. This was also Frachot’s second assisted goal of the campaign

First-year goalie Anna Roethler (St Louis Park, Minn./St Louis Park) kept the Knights close all game, finishing with 13 saves and tying the Carleton mark for the 10th-most saves in a single game. This was her second shutout of the season.

The Knights will travel back to St. Paul on Friday, Sept. 22 to face off against Macalester College 4:30 p.m.