The Gustavus men’s soccer team saw its struggles continue with a 1-0 loss to St. Olaf on Saturday in St. Peter. The Gusties are 0-2-1 over the last week scoring only one goal in the three matches. The Oles tallied the gamewinner in the fourth minute of the contest off a header by Nate Swenson.
The match got off to a quick start with a flurry of shots on goal. The Gusties would get a great opportunity in third minute when Kyle Sadler drove a shot from the right side that ricocheted off the crossbar, but the Oles quickly countered and scored off a header by Nate Swanson. John Zietlow picked up the assist.
The Gusties would have the better of the chances in the second half as St. Olaf retreated into a defensive mode. Kyle Sadler would get another great opportunity for Gustavus in the 68th minute but once again he would rip a shot off the crossbar that was played away by St. Olaf.
Gustavus held a 12-5 advantage in shots and a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Luke Strom suffered the loss in the nets for the Gusties making three saves and allowing one goal. Harry Ullmann, who made his first appearance in goal for the Oles this season, claimed the shutout win. He registered four saves.
The Gusties are now 4-3-3 overall and 2-2-1 in the MIAC, while #21 Oles improve to 8-1-1 overall and 4-1-0 in the MIAC.