MIAC Men's Soccer Notebook - October 12, 2021

Shea Bechtel had three goals and one assist as St. Olaf ran its winning streak to eight games with a pair of victories last week.
Shea Bechtel had three goals and one assist as St. Olaf ran its winning streak to eight games with a pair of victories last week.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Closing in on the final weeks of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) men's soccer season, St. Olaf (5-0) remains the lone unbeaten team in league play. However, the Oles are not alone atop the conference leaderboard, as 5-1 Augsburg also has 12 points in the MIAC standings. The playoff picture may get clearer - or more complicated - this week with ten conference contests on the schedule.


STAT PACK
The latest MIAC men's soccer Stat Pack as of Tuesday, October 12, 2021 can be viewed here.


POLL TALK
St. Olaf shot up five spots to No. 17 in the nation this week, while Gustavus moved down two spots to No. 20 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll, released on October 12.

Gustavus still leads the way in the Region IX Rankings at No. 1 in the region, followed by St. Olaf at No. 2, Augsburg at No. 4, Carleton at No. 5, and Saint John's at No. 7.

St. Olaf received 40 points in the most recent D3soccer.com Top 25 Poll, released on October 5.

New polls and rankings are anticipated to be released on Tuesday, October 19.


NATIONAL NOTABLES
Augsburg junior forward Kobby Owu and St. Olaf sophomore midfielder Casey McCloskey have both scored four game-winning goals this season, tied for ninth-most in NCAA Division III.


AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg first-year forward Kebba Janneh scored both goals for the Auggies in their 2-1 victory over Saint Mary's on 10/9. The multi-goal game was the second of Janneh's career.

Bethel first-year forward Jack Hanson paced the way for the Royals offensively, putting together three shots with one on-goal in a 2-0 loss to Carleton on 10/9. Hanson has factored in the Royals' scoring in four of the team's last seven contests.

Carleton senior forward Tonny Aton netted the first of two goals for the Knights in their 2-0 win over Bethel on 10/9. Aton has scored a goal in three of the team's last four games.

Concordia junior midfielder Telvin Vah scored all four goals in the Cobbers' two wins on 9/28 (Saint John's) and 10/2 (Saint Mary's). The Cobbers' lone game last week against Gustavus was suspended due to lightning and will now be replayed on 10/20 on the campus of Saint Benedict.

Gustavus sophomore defender Ethan Glissendorf scored a goal and maintained two shutouts in the Gusties' wins over Saint Mary's (9/28) and Central College (10/1). The Gusties were up 2-0 over Concordia on 10/9 before lightning suspended the game in the first half.

Hamline sophomore goalkeeper Luke Rimington had a busy afternoon against St. Scholastica on 10/9, saving eight of nine shots that were sent his way in the 1-1 tie. The eight saves marked the fourth time this season that Rimington has recorded eight or more stops in a game, with a career-high 10 saves taking place against UW-Eau Claire on 9/1. 

Macalester first-year forward Hans Haenicke produced three shots-on-goal in the Scots' 3-0 loss against UW-Whitewater on 10/10. It marked the second time this season that the Scot put three shots on target.

Saint John's first-year goalkeeper Evan Siefken saved six of seven shots he faced against St. Olaf on 10/9. Siefken played nearly perfect throughout the game, extending the competition into a second overtime before the Oles finally broke through for the 1-0 victory.

Saint Mary's junior forward Diego Rivera scored the lone goal for the Cardinals in a 2-1 loss to Augsburg on 10/9. Rivera netted his first goal of the year in the 15th minute to give Saint Mary's an initial 1-0 lead over the Auggies.  

St. Olaf first-year forward Shea Bechtel had three goals and one assist as the Oles ran their winning streak to eight games with a pair of victories last week. After tallying two goals and an assist in a 6-1 win over UW-Superior on 10/5, Bechtel scored the game-winner in the 102nd minute to give the Oles a 1-0 victory at Saint John's on 10/9.

St. Scholastica senior midfielder Finigan Huffington knocked in the only goal of the game for the Saints in a 1-1 tie versus Hamline on 10/9. Huffington's fourth score of the year came at the 35-minute mark to give the Saints the lead before halftime.


UP NEXT
Tuesday, October 5 | MIAC App | MIAC Scoreboard | MIAC Live
4:00 PM | Augsburg at Gustavus*

Wednesday, October 13 | MIAC App | MIAC Scoreboard | MIAC Live
4:00 PM | Saint John's at Bethel*
4:00 PM | Carleton at Hamline*
7:00 PM | St. Olaf at Saint Mary's*
7:30 PM | St. Scholastica at Macalester*

Saturday, October 16 | MIAC App | MIAC Scoreboard | MIAC Live
12:30 PM | Gustavus at St. Olaf*
12:30 PM | Macalester at Carleton*
12:30 PM | Bethel at Saint Mary's*
5:00 PM | Concordia at Augsburg*

Sunday, October 17 | MIAC App | MIAC Scoreboard | MIAC Live
1:00 PM | Hamline at Saint John's*
1:00 PM | UW-Whitewater at Gustavus
1:30 PM | St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM | Concordia at Finlandia
2:00 PM | UW-Platteville at Bethel

Monday, October 18 | MIAC App | MIAC Scoreboard | MIAC Live
1:00 PM | Carleton at Lake Forest

*MIAC game


LEAGUE LEADERS

2021 MIAC Statistical Leaders
Overall MIAC
Goals Telvin Vah, Concordia 8 Telvin Vah, Concordia
Hans Haenicke, Macalester
Casey McCloskey, St. Olaf
4
Assists Hakeem Morgan, St. Olaf 6 Marco da Cunha, Carleton 4
Points Telvin Vah, Concordia
Hakeem Morgan, St. Olaf
20 Hans Haenicke, Macalester 11
Save % Egan Bedwell, Gustavus 0.867 Oscar Herrera, Augsburg
Evan Siefken, Saint John's
0.857
GAA Egan Bedwell, Gustavus 0.40 Oscar Herrera, Augsburg 0.63