St. Paul – The Gustavus Adolphus women’s soccer team concluded its 2013 season with a 4-1 loss to Hamline at Paterson Field on Saturday afternoon. The Pipers took a 1-0 lead into halftime before scoring two goals in the first 13 minutes following the break. The Gusties scored late, but it was not enough in the three-goal loss. Gustavus finishes the season 8-9-0 overall and 3-8-0 in the MIAC, while Hamline finishes the year 9-6-3 overall and 6-4-1 in conference play.
The two teams played to a stalemate over the first 22-plus minutes as neither team registered a shot. The Pipers finally got a look at the net at the 22:46 mark, but the shot was saved by Gustavus goalkeeper Roisen Granlund (Fy., St. Paul, Minn.) and the scoring chance was averted.
Eight and a half minutes later, Hamline was on the scoreboard after Grace Nichols scored a goal to give the Pipers a 1-0 lead. Nichols fired from outside the box on the right wing and snuck it past Granland for her first goal of the season.
The score remained 1-0 into halftime, as neither team could mount a scoring opportunity for the remainder of the half. Hamline held a shot advantage of 4-0 in the half.
Less than a minute and a half into the second 45 minutes, the Pipers had their second goal of the contest. Malya Hirshkowitz took a free kick outside the box on the left wing and buried it in the back of the net to put Hamline on top 2-0.
The Pipers struck again 15 minutes later when Brienne Garside got a look in front of the net. Garside put it away to extend the Hamline lead to 3-0 before senior defender Leah Brossoit (Rochester, Minn.) got the Gusties on the scoreboard.
Brossoit sent a corner kick into the box, where it found its way across the goal line to bring the score to 3-1. It was Brossoit’s first goal of the season and just the second of her career. Leah’s other goal came in the second match of her collegiate career on Sept. 4, 2010.
Following Brossoit’s goal in the 85th minute, Hamline’s Alyssa Koulentis put the finishing touches on the win for the Pipers with a goal in the 89th minute. Koulentis’s second goal of the season put Hamline on top for good in the three-goal victory.
Although the two teams had identical shot counts in the second half (4), it was Hamline that took advantage of its opportunities the most. The Pipers connected on three of their four tries (.750) in the final frame to push on for the win.
Gustavus’s Roisen Granlund was given the loss after allowing three goals and making two saves in 66:17 of play. She was replaced by Caroline Olson (Jr., York, Pa.) midway through the second half. Olson allowed one goal in 23:43 in net. Hamline’s Erin Urbanowicz earned the win after making two saves in 89:44 of play and allowing one goal.