UWO soccer falls to Oles

Morgan Van Lanen

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The UW Oshkosh men’s soccer team lost to St. Olaf College on Friday, Nov. 13 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota. Both goals came in the first half of the game and were scored by the Oles’ senior forward/midfielder Kevin Skrip. The first one came in the 13th minute of the match when Skrip took an unassisted 12-yard shot from the right side of the penalty box area. The forward/midfielder scored again in the 32nd minute of the game. Senior forward Jens Undlin served the ball to the right side of the penalty box area and Skrip finished it off with a 15-yard kick. The Titans were unable to make a comeback in the second half. St. Olaf’s junior goalkeeper Ben Braman had just one save against UWO while Sam Gabrilska had five for Oshkosh. Three of Gabrilska’s five saves were against Skrip. Head coach Wytse Molenaar said the team knew going into the game that Skrip could make a big impact. “You have the stats prior to the game,” Molenaar said. “Sometimes good players just show up in big games.” St. Olaf outshot UWO 13-9, but the Titans had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. Four of the Titans’ nine shots came from senior defender Jonathan Stanley, while senior midfielder Michael Dugan tallied two. The two teams combined for a total 31 fouls. St. Olaf senior midfielder/forward Aaron Sets was given a yellow card in the 53rd minute, while UWO senior defender Matthew Cheaney was yellow carded in the 81st minute. In the 70th minute of the match, the Titans received a team red card. After beating UW Oshkosh on Friday night, St. Olaf went on to beat division rival Macalester College 1-0 on Saturday, Nov.14 in the second round of the playoffs. Their next game is against Wheaton College on Friday, Nov. 20 in Dubuque, Iowa. Molenaar said his team just made too many mistakes in the first half of play and were simply unable to dig themselves out of the 0-2 hole in the second half. However, he said he is still proud of the way his players handled themselves. “It was telling that we could walk off of the field after the game with our heads held high,” Molenaar said. The players declined to comment following its loss to St. Olaf on Friday. The Titans finish its season with an 11-4-3 overall record and 35 goals in 18 games.