The St. Olaf women’s soccer team was looking to finish its season on a high note when it took on rival Carleton College on Rolf Mellby Field on Nov. 1. Unfortunately for the Oles, the Knights proved too strong, as the game finished in a 0-3 loss for St. Olaf.
In front of a strong crowd of 157 people, the early exchanges in the contest were intense. The Knights broke the deadlock in the 30th minute, when Ellie Wilson ’15 fired a shot from the left side past Ole goalkeeper Ruth Hesse ’16.
Wilson proved to be too much for the Ole defense to handle, as she gave the Knights a second goal in the 40th minute. Carleton went into half time holding a 2-0 lead, despite only holding a slender 7-5 advantage in shots.
St. Olaf players searched desperately for a goal to bring them back into the contest, but were unable to do so. Carleton’s Megan King ’16 put the result beyond doubt when she scored in the 84th minute to give the Knights a 3-0 lead, which they held until the fulltime whistle.
St. Olaf finished its season with a 9-19-1 record and a 4-6-1 record in MIAC play. The Oles finished five points short of the total that would have qualified them for the MIAC playoffs. The playoff bracket will be headlined by regular season champions Augsburg College, who defeated the Oles 3-2 on Oct. 29 despite St. Olaf holding a 2-0 advantage early in the second period.