Vikings' Last Second Goal Beats Knights
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women's soccer team lost to Bethany Tuesday by a score of 4-3, with a winning goal scored with just two seconds remaining.
With heavy winds gusting as high as 50 MPH, the weather played a big factor, helping the Knights take a 3-1 halftime lead, and then assisting Bethany as it came back and ultimately took the lead.
The Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Hannah Mattek and Kadie Drake early in the first half when the Knights had the wind. After Bethany scored to cut the lead to 2-1, Bethany Schultz scored from outside the box with under two minutes to play in the half to put MLC ahead 3-1 at the break.
The Vikings tied the score early in the second half, and continued to pressure the Knights throughout the half. In the final seconds, Kelli Kitzmann took a ball deflected off a save by MLC goalkeeper Allison Snyder and put it into the open net for the game-winner.
The conditions dictated the play for both teams in the game, as the Knights outshot the Vikings 18-1 in the first half, but were then outshot 26-0 in the second. Bethany put 16 shots on goal in the second half alone with the help of the wind, while MLC had 13 in the first half.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 7-10-1 overall and 4-7-1 in the UMAC, while Bethany improved to 11-5-2 on the season and 7-3-2 in conference play.
MLC will return to action on Friday, October 29, when it hosts Minnesota, Morris. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.