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Von Behren Stands Tall As Pipers Rally for 2-2 Tie With Oles

Hamline goalie Spencer Von Behren is officially listed as six feet tall.  On Tuesday afternoon at Paterson Field, he must have seemed bigger than that to St. Olaf. The junior from Bloomington, MN had a dozen saves -- including five in overtime -- as the Pipers scrapped their way to a 2-2 tie with the Oles, who entered the game ranked 18th in the country in the most recent d3soccer.com poll.

It was the fourth time in the last seven meetings between the two schools that they had gone the distance with no winner determined.

Von Behren, with scoring help from teammates Kevin Gjservig (Fy., Mankato, Minn.) and Ibou Wone (Sr., Dakar, Senegal), was a big reason for that. His 12 saves tied him for third most in school history and marked the highest recorded figure by a HU goalie in nearly a decade. It was also the second highest total recorded by a MIAC goalie this season.

Gjersvig broke a scoreless tie  at 43:37 when he knocked the rebound of Michael Murphy's (So. Mahtomedi, Minn.) into the net for his first collegiate goal. The Oles, however, answered quickly, tying the game 13 seconds later.

St. Olaf took the lead at 61:42 but Wone pounced on a loose ball off a DJ Weil (Jr. Chaska, Minn.) shot and scored for the second game in a row at 81:10. it was a noteworthy goal on two fronts. Not only did it tie the game but it marked the first time this season a team had scored more than one goal in a game against the Oles (8-1-1 overall, 2-0-1 MIAC).

That ended the scoring for the day but not the chances. Von Behren made a superb save off the Oles' Nick Lund in the first OT session. In the second, Hamline's Greg Northrop (So., Arden Hills, Minn.)  had an excellent chance that was stopped by the Ole goalie.

The Pipers are now 2-5-2 overall, 0-2-2 in the MIAC. They take a break from conference play to travel to Wartburg (Iowa) Sunday afternoon. They return to MIAC play October 5 at St. Thomas.