Women Score Four Second Half Goals to Beat Northland
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC women's soccer team fell behind 2-0 early, but roared back with four second half goals to beat Northland 4-3 in the final game of the season Saturday afternoon.
The Knights struggled in the first half as they played against the offside trap defense employed by Northland, falling behind 2-0 heading into the break.
The second half was much stronger for the Knights, however, as they made better passes through the pressure and got open looks at the net.
Lauren Maertz put the Knights on the board in the 51st minute after a great pass from Bethany Schultz, and then tied the game in the 68th minute off a Casey Sauer pass. The two goals gave Maertz a team-best ten on the season.
Schultz continued the momentum just two minutes later, giving the Knights a 3-2 lead with her seventh goal of the season off an assist from Hannah Mattek.
After a Northland goal slipped past Keely Keese in the MLC goal to tie the game at 3-3, Mattek came through with the game-winning goal inside the box off a Sauer pass. The goal was Mattek's sixth of the season, and also her fourth game-winning goal this year.
MLC outshot the Lumberjills 34-12 for the match. Mattek, Maertz and Schultz combined for 27 of those shots for the Knights.
MLC's win pushed its final record to 6-12 overall and 5-9 in UMAC play, while Northland dropped to 5-13-2 on the season and 3-9-2 in league play.