Sat, Nov. 10, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
By Jim Naprstek, Assistant Sports Information Director
#2 Loras, 1
St. Scholastica, 0
In a matchup of the third best defense in Division III and the best offense in Division III, the 2nd ranked Loras College Duhawks squared off against the St. Scholastica Saints Saturday in the Rock Bowl. Sporting a 25 goal scorer in Andrew Jenkins, the Saints had to feel good about being able to crack the Loras back line. Loras however, had plans of their own.
With teams feeling each other out in the opening 15 minutes of play, Loras was able to eventually gain momentum and create a couple of good scoring opportunities against the Saints. Over the course of the first half, Loras would outshoot 11-2, forcing the Saints keeper to make four saves. Low and behold, after 45 minutes of play, both teams were scoreless heading into halftime.
It would take another 40 minutes before the scoreless tie would be broken. Johnny Rummelhart would be alone in the penalty area and found a floated cross sent in by Tom Fluegel. Rummelhart leaped his way next to Adam Hewitt, beating the Saints keeper to the ball, and in the process, pushing the Duhawks out front. That lead which would hold on to carry them into the second round of the NCAA Division III Championships.
When the whistle blew, Loras had outshot St. Scholastica 30-4, and held a 8-1 advantage in corner kicks. Following the victory, Loras will play Sunday against the North Park Vikings at 1:00pm in the Rock Bowl. North Park defeated Washington University by a score of 4-1 in the match prior to the Duhawks'.
In the first match of the day, it was the North Park Vikings and the Washington University Bears who met in the Rock Bowl. Both teams were welcomed into the NCAA Tournament by way of a ‘Pool C', or at-large bid.
The Bears entered Saturday only allowing 10 goals all year long, winning eight of their 10 games via shutout. Only in wins against Sewanee and Case Western Reserve did the Bears allow a goal and win.
The Vikings would set the tempo though, scoring in the 32nd minute after Jonas Petersson went down at the top of the 18 with an injury. Then with two seconds left in the half, Markus Fodstad sent a booming free kick from 35 yards out to catch most of the players on the pitch off guard, including the WashU keeper, making it 2-nil in favor of the Vikings.
North Park would add an own goal and a late Fredrik Grieff strike in the second half. Washington broke up the shutout with a David Alemany goal in the 68th minute.
The Vikings advanced to face Loras with the 4-1 win.