September 28, 2010

Pipers calm Storm

The game started under mostly cloudy skies, but the sun dominated the horizon for the final 45 minutes of play as the two teams faced off in a non-conference match.

The Pipers scored the first goal early in the game. Stephen Johnson (Fy., Apple Valley, Minn.) earned an assist as he took a hard shot in the box and Javier Rios (Sr., Chihuahua, Mexico) knocked in the rebound at 2:48.

The Storm knotted up the score less than four minutes later on a play off of a corner kick. Mark Lahart (So., Newton, Iowa) lofted the corner kick into the box and Jeremy Reinert (So., Indianola, Iowa) headed the ball backwards into the net at 6:03.

The score remained even at one apiece until the 70th minute of play. In the midst of eight second-half corner kicks for the Pipers, one by Ibou Wone (Jr., Dakar, Senegal) just seconds after subbing into the game bounced around in the box. Johnson slid it to Studer who, while facing his own keeper on the opposite end of the field, knocked it in backwards with his heel for the game-winner at 70:49.

Hamline out-shot the Storm 17-7 and had 11 corner kicks to four from the Storm.

Zach Nelson (Jr., Eagan, Minn.) had four saves in net for the Pipers.

Hamline is now 5-4-0, 1-2-0 MIAC with the non-conference win while the Storm are 3-6-0, 0-1-0 IIAC. The Pipers will return to Pat Paterson Field to host St. Thomas in their homecoming game on Saturday, October 2, at 11:00 a.m.