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Result: T 1-1 (2OT)

Women's Soccer at Macalester College

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 – 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul, Minn. - Macalester Stadium

Knights settle for tie in showdown with Scots

By Matteo Pellizzer '20
Madeline Topf
Madeline Topf
Photo: Dave Pape

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senior Madeline Topf (Ames, Iowa/Ames) scored in the 87th minute to allow the Carleton College women’s soccer team to earn a tightly-contested 1-1 draw at Macalester College on Wednesday evening.

This contest was originally scheduled for Sept. 22 but was postponed due to a heat index that afternoon in the upper 90s. The weather was much cooler this time around, but the Knights (5-3-2, 1-2-2 MIAC) had to push through fatigue as the squad played its third consecutive overtime contest.

Kate Bond managed to get Macalester (4-3-2, 1-2-2 MIAC) on the board first in the sixth minute after weaving her way from the midline to the top of the box and finishing in the bottom left corner. The Scots continued to try to penetrate the Knights defense with a barrage of long balls, however Carleton’s defenders settled in and Anna Roethler (Fy./St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Louis Park) got down low to stuff a shot after a Macalester attacker got in on goal to keep the Scots’ lead at one.

In the second half, the Knights created problems for the Macalester defense, yet couldn’t seem to find the tying goal. Libby Franchot (Fy./Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) found herself with only the keeper to beat in the 70th minute, but Macalester goalie Rachel Wilson-King came off her line and was able to parry the shot away.

Moments later Carleton won a corner, and Franchot headed the ball towards what appeared to be a wide-open swath of net before a Scot defender cleared the ball inches before it could cross the goal line.

The clock inched closer to full-time, however the Knights continued to look for their opportunity, and finally found it in the 87th minute when Topf won a loose ball and beautifully volleyed a shot into the top of the goal from 20 yards out for her third goal of the season.

The match headed into overtime, an all too familiar scene for the Knights as of late.

Both teams struggled to create scoring chances for much of the first extra period before Annika Martensson (Jr./Wauwatosa, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) unleashed a long-range rocket that Wilson-King was fortunate to deflect over the crossbar in the 100th minute. The second overtime period saw build up on both sides, but neither squad could get a shot on goal, and the teams ended up with a draw to show for their effort.

The stats reflect the final score as the shot totals and corner kicks were even at 12 and 5, respectively. Carleton did accumulate with a 7-3 edge in shots on goal, however, as Roethler finished with two saves on the evening for the Knights, thanks in part to the play of the Carleton backline that snuffed out numerous Scot scoring opportunities during regulation.

The Knights will travel back to St. Paul on Saturday, Oct. 7 to take on the University of St. Thomas at 3:30 p.m.

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