With a steady mist falling from the start that made playing conditions messy, it stood to reason that the first goal of Sunday's Hamline-Milwaukee School Of Engineering men's soccer game would loom large.
Did it ever.
Tyler Tallaksen's second goal of the season -- a bank shot off a MSOE defender -- was the difference in Hamline's 1-0 victory. Tallaksen (Fy., Coon Rapids, Minn.) shot from a sharp angle towards the far corner of the MSOE goal. the ball hit a raider player and bounced straight into the net at the 18:41 mark. That was senior goalie Zach Nelson (Eagan, Minn.) needed to see. Nelson recorded seven saves -- including five in the first half -- in his first start of the season.
The blanking not only lifted HU's overall record to 2-3-1 but it kept up their excellent defensive numbers at home. In four games over the past eight days at Paterson Field, Hamline has allowed just two goals.
The Pipers now have a couple days to dry out and rest up. They host UW-Superior in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Originally, the game was scheduled for Superior but it has been moved to Paterson because of poor field conditions. On Sept. 24, HU finishes off a seven-game homestand against conference rival Macalester in a 1:00 p.m. start.