Men’s Soccer Defeats St. Olaf 2-0

Posted on October 1st, 2005 by

Jeff Aasness battles an opponent while clearing the ball

Jeff Aasness battles an opponent while clearing the ball


Neil Nelson sets up for the game-winning header

Neil Nelson sets up for the game-winning header


Bobby Kroog wins the ball from an Ole defender

Bobby Kroog wins the ball from an Ole defender


Jon Astry plants prior to a serve

Jon Astry plants prior to a serve

The Gustavus men’s soccer team put two goals on the board in a span of ten minutes in the first half and held on to defeat St. Olaf 2-0 in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tilt on Saturday in St. Peter. The Gusties played a man down for the last 30 minutes of the match after receiving a red card.

Junior Neil Nelson (Edina, Minn.) got the Gusties on the board first with a header in the 24th minute that sailed just over the outstretched hands of Ole keeper Eric Smith and landed in the net. The goal, which proved to be the game-winner, was Nelson’s first of the season. Sophomore Sam Barthell (Bloomington, Minn.) was credited with an assist on the play.

Just ten minutes later, Gustavus found the net again. Following a serve deep into the offensive half of the field by Bobby Kroog, junior Matt Broin (Minnetonka, Minn.) dribbled toward the corner and fired a hard cross toward junior Alex Groth (Waupaca, Wis.) in front of the net and Groth sent the one-timer into the net, squeezing just inside the left post. Groth’s fourth tally of the year gave the Gusties a 2-0 lead.

Gustie keeper Tyler Garry (Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) played solidly in net, picking up eight saves and his second shut-out of the season. He moved his individual record in net to 5-0-0.

Gustavus, which moved its unbeaten streak to seven games with the win, improves to 6-1-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the MIAC, while St. Olaf falls to 5-6-0 overall, 3-2-0 in the MIAC.

The Gusties step outside of the MIAC on Sunday, taking on Luther in St. Peter. Gustavus will return to league play October 8 when they host Macalester.

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