St. Olaf defeats Carroll (Wis.)
Three different players score in the win for the Oles
DECORAH, Iowa. -- Goals from Adam Hadro, Soren Frykholm, and Stephen Johnson led St. Olaf to a 3-1 win against Carroll (Wis.) on Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Hadro, Frykholm, and Johnson each scored a single goal apiece during the regular season, but each of them doubled their season tallies to propel the Oles to their second NCAA tournament win in school history. St. Olaf won a first round game against Luther back in 1999. Each of St. Olaf's goals came on headers following a set-piece situation, as the Oles capitalized on a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks by being dominant in the air throughout the game.
Hadro gave St. Olaf a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the contest. The Oles won a corner kick, which was taken by David Rosenthal. Rosenthal swung the corner into the box and Hadro headed it home amongst a scrum of players from both teams to give the Oles an early advantage.
St. Olaf doubled their lead in the 38th minute on Frykholm's second goal of the year, which turned out to be the game-winner. After the Oles won a free kick near mid-field, Max Lund launched the ball into the Pioneers' box and Frykholm headed the ball past Pioneer keeper Tomek Miaskowski.
The Oles stretched their lead to 3-0 three minutes before the break, again following a corner-kick. This time around, Ryan Johnsrud's delivery was met by the head of Stephen Johnson, as the sophomore defender matched fellow defender Hadro's goal with one of his own.
After taking a 3-0 lead into the break, St. Olaf failed to score in the second half but let in just a single goal to earn the win. Carroll's goal came on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute. The Pioneers were awarded a penalty kick following an alleged shove in the back of a Carroll player by Hadro. Adam Burk stepped up to take the kick for the Pioneers and he shot the ball into the top shelf despite Harry Ullmann getting a hand to it. The goal was Burk's first of the year.
For the game, the Oles outshot the Pioneers 14-9, including a 10-4 advantage in the first half despite second leading scorer Blake Dressen playing a limited amount of minutes due to an injury. St. Olaf was led by Johnson's four shots on goal, while Hadro and Torbjorn Morkeberg each added three shots. Burk and Andy Ksobiech paced Carroll's attack with two shots apiece. Ullmann made three saves in net for the Oles and Miaskowski kept out five St. Olaf shots.
St. Olaf will play the winner of the game between Luther and North Park (Ill.) on Sunday as they look to advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time ever.