Knights fall to Cougars in volleyball

NEW ULM – Minnesota Morris defeated Martin?Luther College in four sets (25-18, 14-25, 25-15, 25-21) on Saturday morning at MLC in New Ulm.

MLC came back from losing the first set to tie the match at 1-1, but the Cougars were able to finish off the Knights in four.

Morris took advantage of a strong serve throughout the match, finishing with 12 service aces compared to the Knights’ two.

The Knights outhit the Cougars, finishing with more kills (51) and a higher hitting percentage (.188), but weren’t able to come away with the win.

Heather Danell finished with 13 kills and an attack percentage of .423 to go with six blocks. Rebecca Engelbrecht led MLC in kills (17) and digs (18), while MarCartney Mendolla and Alex Anthon each finished with 16 digs. Miranda Maasz had 42 assists and 14 digs.

The loss dropped MLC to 14-11 on the season and 7-4 in the UMAC, while Morris improved to 19-9 overall and 11-0 in league play.

MLC will return to action on Wednesday, when it travels to Bethany Lutheran for a match scheduled to start at 7 p.m.


MLC 5, Northwestern 3

NEW ULM – The Martin Luther College women’s soccer team finished a Homecoming weekend sweep with a 5-3 win against Northwestern (Minn.) on Saturday afternoon.

Jenna Maurer started the scoring in the first half, while Bethany Schultz scored twice as the Knights took a 3-1 lead into the break.

MLC dominated the first half, outshooting the Eagles 26-4 with the help of a strong wind behind them.

UNW would generate more offense in the second half, scoring twice on 12 shots, but the Knights countered with goals from Alex Hastings and Schultz to come out with the victory.

Schultz finished with her second-career three-goal game, and also added an assist in the contest. The three goals give her 15 on the season, one behind team-leader Maurer, who with her 16th goal in Saturday’s game now has the most goals in a single season by an MLC player since Katherine Valleskey scored 24 in 2003. Schultz and Maurer combined for 26 total shots (16 on goal) in the win.

Defensively, Keely Keese finished with six saves in net for the Knights.

MLC improved to 11-5 overall and 9-3 in UMAC play with the win, while UNW dropped to 5-11-1 on the season and 4-7-1 in conference with the loss.

The Knights will return to action on Tuesday, when they play UW-Superior in a game scheduled for 3 p.m.


Northwestern 2, MLC 0

NEW ULM – The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team was unable to generate a goal in a tightly contested 2-0 loss to Northwestern (Minn.) on Saturday.

The Knights had the better of their chances in the first half when they played with the help of a strong wind, attempting nine shots and putting three on the goal, but were unable to push anything across the goal line.

The Eagles finally broke open the scoreless tie in the 76th minute on a goal from Sean Taylor.

As the Knights pressed late in the game to try to generate offense, Taylor scored his second of the game in the 88th minute, giving the Eagles the insurance tally they were looking for and the two-goal win.

Eric Hahn stopped seven of the nine shots he faced in net for MLC, while Ryan Lemke finished with a team-high three shots (two on goal).

MLC dropped to 4-13 on the season and 3-9 in the UMAC with the loss, while UNW improved to 9-9 overall and 9-3 in league play with the win.

The Knights will return to action Friday, when they travel to St. Scholastica for a game scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m.

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