St. Peter, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus women’s soccer team will travel to Northfield, Minn., to take on conference rival St. Olaf on Saturday afternoon. The Gusties are most recently coming off a 3-1 win over Saint Mary’s on Wednesday in St. Peter, while the Oles enter Saturday coming off a 1-0 win over Hamline. Gustavus currently holds a record of 5-4-0 (1-3-0 MIAC) and St. Olaf posts a record of 5-4-1 (3-1-0 MIAC).
Last Time Out… The Gusties used a pair of quick goals in the opening minutes of each half to push on to defeat Saint Mary’s 3-1 for their first conference victory of the season. Maddison Ackiss scored just 1:45 into the match to put Gustavus on top 1-0 in the early going. Later in the half, Monica Pelkey scored her first career goal to extend the Gustavus lead to 2-0. The Gusties struck quickly again in the second half, as Amanda Cartony scored just over two minutes in to push the lead to three goals. The Cardinals managed to score a goal at the 85:08 mark, but it was too little, too late for Saint Mary’s as the Gusties held on for the 3-1 win.
The Series… Saturday marks the 39th meeting between Gustavus and St. Olaf in women’s soccer. Gustavus holds the upper hand in the all-time series with a 21-13-4 record. However, the series has been controlled by St. Olaf as of late. The Oles have won each of the last four meetings between the two squads. St. Olaf has also won eight of the last 10 meetings, and posts a record of 8-1-1 against the Gusties in that time frame. The only time that Gustavus has beaten the Oles in the last 10 years was in 2008 when it captured a 1-0 win in St. Peter on Oct. 22nd. Last season, St. Olaf defeated Gustavus 2-0 in St. Peter on Sept. 12th. The Oles took advantage of a pair of own goals within two minutes of each other near the end of the first half to take the two-goal victory.
Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better… The offensive production put forth by first-year forward Maddison Ackiss and senior midfielder Amanda Cartony appears, at times, to be a game of “anything you can do I can do better” so far this season. It all started when Ackiss scored a goal and added an assist for three points in the second match of the year. Not to be outdone, Cartony made sure to score two goals for four points in the match. Heading into Wednesday, Cartony led the points race with 12 on the year. After Ackiss scored her fifth goal of the season to bring her point total even to that of Cartony’s, Cartony was compelled to come back early in the second half to score her fifth goal of the season and pull ahead in the points race with 14 points once more.