Two Minnesota D-III Teams Still Alive in NCAA Tourney
The field of 7 Minnesota Division III soccer teams has been reduced to two after Friday and Saturday’s first round action and a second round game that involved Carleton College.
On the women’s side: The Carleton College Knights defeated Augustana Friday evening in a game that went to overtime. The Knights’ Lily VanderStaay (Jr./Bellingham, Wash./Bellingham) netted the equalizer in the 87th minute and played a part in the game-winning goal as her overtime cross deflected off a defender, giving the Carleton College women’s soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over Augustana College (Ill.) in the opening round of the NCAA Championships.
In Saturday’s 2nd round game, Carleton was booted from the tournament by Wheaton College who defeated the Knights 4-1. Carleton’s Marlena Hartman-Filson scored on a rebound, just 10:33 into the match to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. But that was the last goal of the season for Carleton as Wheaton scored 4 unanswered goals to move to the Round of 16.
The Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers defeated Northwestern College 2-0 on Friday evening at Macalester Stadium in St. Paul, MN. Concordia’s goals both came in the second half. Sarah Rounds had the brace for the Cobbers. Her first was a header from a corner kick in the 49th minute. The second goal came after she pounced on a deflected shot in the 66th minute.
Concordia-Moorhead now move to the second round and face Wisconsin-Stevens Point today at 1:00 p.m. at the Shattuck-St. Mary’s indoor dome in Faribault, MN. This is a venue change as Macalester College received 8 inches of snow on Saturday.
Macalester College saw their season come to an end on Friday evening when they were defeated 4-2 by Wisconsin-Steven’s Point. The Scots had a long way to come back after going down 3-1 after the first half. The Pointers scored again in the second half but Macalester got one back late in the game.
Minnesota had 3 men’s teams enter the NCAA tournament on Friday. There was only one left standing after Saturday evening.
The Augsburg Auggies took another Minnesota team, St. Scholastica, to a second overtime before defeating them 1-0 Saturday evening. Mohamed Sankoh (FY, St. Paul, Minn.) scored an unassisted goal with 26 seconds left in the second overtime to put the Auggies into the second round. Sankoh has been showing late-game heroics recently. He tallied two goals, one in overtime, for a comeback MIAC Championship game a week ago. Augsburg will now play host to Wisconsin-Whitewater at 6:00 p.m. CT tonight.
In an earlier game yesterday, Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Macalester College by a score of 2-0. Whitewater out-shot Macalester 15-6 and had a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.