The Gustavus men’s soccer team saw its five-match win streak come to a screeching halt with a 2-0 loss to Carleton in St. Peter on Saturday afternoon. The Knights got two first half goals from Paul Pedtke and then held on for the shutout victory. Gustavus falls to 6-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the MIAC, while Carleton improves to 9-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the MIAC.
In a very important early season MIAC contest, Carleton solidified its first place standing with a win over the Gusties. It was the second straight victory over the Gusties for Carleton after going winless for 10 seasons prior to last year.
Paul Pedtke gave the Knights a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when he made a quick turn with the ball from about 15 yards out on the right side and one-touched a rocket into the lower left corner past an outstretched Luke Strom.
Five minutes later, Pedtke struck again. This time he made a quick turn from the center field about 12 yards out and drove a bullet into the upper right corner at 26:18. Carleton held its 2-0 lead at the intermission.
The two goal lead allowed the Knights to sit back and play defense in the second half and that is what they did as they frustrated the Gustie attack time and time again. The Gusties did have two very good scoring chances, but Carleton goalkeeper Pete Semmer came up with the key save each time.
The Gusties will look to get back on the winning track tomorrow when they host non-conference opponent Simpson at 2:00 pm.