Sophomore forward Amanda Cartony scored two goals for the Gustavus women’s soccer team in a 3-0 shutout victory over visiting Crown College on Tuesday afternoon in St. Peter, Minn. The Gusties improve to 3-8-0 overall with the non-conference win, while Crown dropped its 10th consecutive game this season to 0-10-0.
Gustavus, who maintained much of the ball control throughout the first half, collected 16 shots in the first 45 minutes but was unable to score and went into halftime tied 0-0. The Storm had one shot on goal in the first period, which was nearly a goal, but Gustavus keeper Jessica Richert made a diving save.
Head coach Mike Stehlik lit a fire under his Gustie squad at halftime and Cartony responded with an unassisted goal 2:17 into the second period. The Stillwater, Minn native dribbled the ball from the top-left side of the box over to the right and fired a shot that found the lower-left corner of the net.
It was a rare sight to see the ball cross midfield in the second half as the Gusties clearly won the ball control game. Cartony found the back of the Storm net with 17 minutes remaining in the contest for her second goal of the game and fourth of the season – a team high. The goal came from the top-left corner of the box and sneaked past Crown keeper Hillary Brondsema into the lower-left corner of the net.
Four minutes later, junior midfielder Kristin Moen crushed a deep shot from the right side, which went over the keeper’s head for the third goal of the game. The unassisted goal was Moen’s second of the season.
The Gusties registered a season-high 39 shots in the contest, compared to only one by the Storm. Brondsema tallied 14 saves for Crown, increasing her season total to a UMAC-high 129.
After a week of rest, Gustavus will return to MIAC action against Hamline University on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in St. Paul, Minn. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.