MLC women defeat Crown

ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. – The Martin Luther College women’s soccer team won for the fifth time in the last six games by defeating Crown 2-0 Friday afternoon.

The Knights dominated play from the start, outshooting the Storm 30-2 overall and putting 15 of those shots on goal.

Jenna Maurer put the Knights on the board in the 40th minute with her team-best 13th goal of the season to give MLC the 1-0 edge going into the half.

Lauren Maertz put the game away with an insurance goal in the 75th minute, her fourth of the season. Bethany Schultz assisted on the play, giving her a UMAC-best nine on the season and also pushing her career point total to 100.

Keely Keese started in goal for the Knights and saved the only shot she faced before coming out of the game in the final minutes.

With the win, MLC improved to 9-4 on the season and 7-2 in UMAC play, while Crown dropped to 4-9-1 overall and 2-6-2 in league action in defeat.

MLC will return to action Saturday, when it travels to Minnesota Morris for a game scheduled to start at noon.


ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. – Martin Luther College women’s soccer player Bethany Schultz became the third player in program history to reach 100 career points in Friday’s 2-0 win against Crown.

Schultz entered the game with 99 points for her career, and assisted on a second-half goal by Lauren Maertz to reach the milestone.

Schultz has been a force for the women’s soccer program since she arrived, scoring 34 points (12 goals and ten assists) as a freshman on the way to First Team All-UMAC and UMAC Rookie of the Year honors.

She received Second Team All-UMAC honors as a sophomore in 2011 (six goals and three assists), and was named First Team All-UMAC again as a junior in 2012 (seven goals and six assists).

This season, Schultz leads the UMAC with 31 points and nine assists to go with 11 goals, which ranks second on the team and third in the conference.

Schultz joins Katherine Valleskey and Tami Schmidt as the only two players to reach 100 for their careers at MLC.


Crown 3, MLC?2 (OT)

ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. – The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team lost to Crown 3-2 in overtime on Friday.

Ryan Lemke scored both goals for MLC, giving the Knights a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute off a Aaron Markgraf pass, and then tying the game with a header in the 74th minute off a pass from Stephen Roekle after the Storm had taken a 2-1 advantage early in the second half.

The two goals gave Lemke a team-high seven so far this season.

The two teams finished regulation tied 2-2, but the Storm finished things early in the overtime period when Truman Shetler scored unassisted in the 94th minute to end the game.

The Knights finished with a 20-19 edge in total shots, and an 11-10 advantage in shots on goal. Lemke finished with a team-high eight total shots in the game.

In goal, Eric Hahn stopped seven of the 10 shots he faced for MLC.

The Knights dropped to 4-10 overall and 3-6 in the UMAC with the loss, while Crown improved to 4-9 on the season and 3-6 in league action with the win.

MLC will return to action Saturday, when it travels to Minnesota Morris in a game scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m.


MLC 3, North Central 0

MINNEAPOLIS – The Martin Luther College volleyball team won for the fifth time in six matches Friday night, defeating North Central 3-0 by the scores of 25-15, 25-7 and 25-18.

The Knights won the final eight points of the first set, and then used an 8-0 run start the second to take a 2-0 lead in the match. After a back-and-forth start to the third set, the Knights finished off the sweep by taking the final set 25-18.

Rebecca Engelbrecht helped the Knights get off the strong start with nine kills in the first two sets. Morgan Kumbier had 12 kills while Kayla Schoeneck had eight. Kumbier also led the Knights with five blocks.

Miranda Maasz had another productive night at setter, leading the team in assists with 31 while also adding eight digs. Alex Anthon led the team with 12 digs and also had two service aces.

MLC improved to 13-9 on the season and 6-2 in the UMAC with the win, while North Central dropped to

5-19 overall and 1-7 in league play with the loss.

The Knights will return to action Saturday, when they travel to Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn. The match was chosen as this week’s UMAC Game of the Week.

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