In the wake of a 2010 season that saw the Carleton soccer teams remain near the top of the MIAC, the accolades have been arriving in droves recently.
The Carleton men’s cross country team ended its season by placing 12th out of 26 teams at the NCAA Central Region Meet on November 13, 2010. The Knights improved one place from last year’s 13th place Regionals finish. It was a particularly impressive achievement for the Knights as they were without their top returning runner from last year, John Davis ’11.
Last Thursday the Oles came to this side of the river for the Great Karhu Shoe race. This is a cutthroat competition between the Carls and the Oles for a pair of Karhu shoes. After last year’s swine flu debacle, the Carls ended up with a shoe and the Oles had a shoe. Fearful for the life of the shoe, the Carls hid it and it is still hidden.
Women’s Soccer falls in final, still headed to NCAAs: Knights lose championship thriller on PKs, play in first round of national tournament tonight
While the Carleton women’s soccer team remains unbeaten in its last 15 games and has moved up to No. 15 in the nation, the Knights narrowly missed winning another MIAC Championship on Saturday, surrendering the title to Concordia on penalty kicks in the conference final.
It may be a tired cliché, but Saturday’s clash against the #4 University of St. Thomas Tommies proved to be a classic tale of two halves for the Carleton Knights (3-6, 2-5 MIAC), who despite a valiant first-half showing, were vanquished, 38-7.
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If the St. Olaf men’s cross country team learned one thing last Thursday in the upper arboretum, it was that although they could beat the Carls in a race, they were no match when it came to style. The Oles defeated Carleton soundly in the Karhu Shoe Race on November 4, but the Fellahs showed much more heart. Clad in t-shirts and shorts, the Ole racers were outclassed by the costumed Carls.
The Carleton women’s soccer team finished off a historic regular season on Saturday, beating St. Olaf 2-0 to clinch the team’s first MIAC regular season title since 1982. The top-seeded Knights carried momentum over to their playoff semifinal match on Wednesday, beating St. Benedict 2-1 in overtime on a last-second goal by Liz Arakaki ‘11.
Carleton will now host second-seeded Concordia tomorrow in the MIAC Playoff Championship. A win would give the Knights their third consecutive playoff title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Unbeaten in its last 14 matches, Carleton is now ranked 16th nationally.
Cross Country teams battle tough foes at MIAC Championships: Women, Childs-Walker third in tight finish
The Knights took to Como Park in St. Paul last Saturday and emerged third at the 2010 MIAC Championships. Their foes from across the river, the Oles, won the meet with 53 points. The battle for second through fifth was tight, with St. Thomas taking second in 89 points and Carleton following in 92.
Carleton fans filled Skoglund Center on Saturday afternoon for what would turn out to be the last match of the Lady Knights’ 2010 season. Despite solid hitting from Kyla Walter ‘11, the team fell in a short three sets to the No. 11 Oles (21-25, 19-25, 11-25).
Cross Country teams battle tough foes at MIAC Championships: Men match 2009 with sixth-place showing
Last Saturday, teams from around Minnesota converged at Como Park in St. Paul for the MIAC Championships, affectionately known as “Konference.” On a beautiful, windy day, Hamline University took home first place, scoring an impressive 31 points, easily outdistancing second-place St. Olaf by 48 points.
Men’s Soccer ends season in semifinal heartbreak: Augsburg boots Knights from playoffs, 1-0, as team bids farewell to senior stars
All good things must come to an end, but that doesn’t make it any easier when the end does come.
Tuesday night saw the 2010 season conclude for the Carleton men’s soccer team as the Knights fell to Augsburg in the MIAC semifinals, 1-0. Though the Knights did not win a fourth consecutive MIAC title this fall, many Carleton fans’ last memories of this squad will be good ones, as the Knights defeated rival St. Olaf 3-1 at home in Saturday’s regular season finale.