Gustavus women’s soccer fell to Grinnell College 1-0 in its home opener on Saturday afternoon in St. Peter. Both teams were deadlocked at 0-0 after 45 minutes of play. The Gusties had the majority of scoring chances throughout the game, but it was the Pioneers who were able to score the lone goal of the game. Gustavus falls to 2-1-0 on the season, while Grinnell’s record improves to 2-0-1.
Jenna Iaizzo (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) missed a scoring opportunity about 12 minutes into the game when she kicked the ball just over the goal. With 13 minutes left to play in the first half Christy Tupy (So., Eagan, Minn.) got on a breakaway chance but the Grinnell keeper, Liz Carrier, jumped on the ball before Tupy could get a good kick off. The Pioneers had their best chance to score in the first half with eight minutes left but the kicked sailed over the goal.
Gustavus had numerous scoring opportunities to start the second half, but it was Rebecca Mackenzie of Grinnell who capitalized on a foul kick that banked in the goal off the left post for the game-winning goal. The Gusties had a few scoring chances to tie the game up but none were successful. The most notable chance came with under a minute to play, Amy Larson (Sr., Bloomington, Minn.) rushed the goal but Carrier made a big save to keep the 1-0 lead for her team.
Julie Mahre (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) recorded seven saves. Carrier saved 15 shots. Gustavus outshot Grinnell 20-11, while Grinnell led in corner kicks, 5-3.
Gustavus is now 9-2-2 all-time against the Pioneers, but Grinnell has won the last two meetings.
The Gusties will play Nebraska Wesleyan Sunday at 1:00pm in St. Peter. The team will then travel to Northfield, Minn. on Wednesday to face the Carleton Knights. Next Sunday Gustavus will host Concordia-Moorhead for a game at 3:00pm.