The Gustavus women’s soccer team got its third consecutive victory by defeating Martin Luther College 7-0 on Wednesday afternoon in New Ulm, Minn. Gustavus first-year player Amanda Cartony scored four goals on seven shots in the game, as goalkeeper Chelsea Bayer registered her third consecutive shutout of the season.
It didn’t take long for the Gustavus attack to put pressure on Martin Luther goalkeeper Allison Snyder, registering six shots within the first 6:24 of play. Cartony was the first to strike with an unassisted goal at the 6:57 mark. Meghan Faricy found the net in the 14th minute for her first goal of the season on an assist from Leah Brossoit. Cartony put Gustavus up 3-0 at the 23:34 mark for her second goal of the match on an assist from Ashley Anderson. Anderson got herself into the scoring mix on an unassisted goal in the 38th minute, giving Gustavus a 4-0 lead. The Gusties final goal of the period came when Nora Christensen hit the back of the net off an Anderson assist (her second of the match) just seven seconds before the half.
The Gusties recorded 30 shots in the first period, while Martin Luther recorded one. Bayer made just one save in the opening period, as Martin Luther goalkeeper Snyder made nine saves.
The Gusties scored their sixth and seventh goals just two minutes apart early in the second period to extend their lead to 7-0. Cartony earned her first hat trick of her college career at the 61:11 mark when she scored on Kristin Moen assist. Meghan McMillan recorded her first assist of the season on Cartony’s fourth goal of the match in the 63rd minute.
The Gusties had 14 shots in the second period, as Martin Luther registered four. In the match, Gustavus out-shot the Knights 44-to-5, while holding the corner kick advantage 13-to-3. Bayer made four saves on her way to the shutout, as Martin Luther’s Snyder made 12 saves.
“Even with a couple of good wins we need to focus on taking care of business every day; keep taking care of business every way,” commented head coach Mike Stehlik.
The Gustavus women’s soccer team will continue non-conference play on Friday when the Gusties take on Central College at 4:30 in St. Peter, Minn. The match will be played on the Gustavus Women’s Soccer Field located behind the Swanson Tennis Center on the North West corner of campus.