Three things are becoming readily apparent in the 2011 soccer season.
1) Hamline's women team is becoming very good at protecting their own turf. They are unbeaten in five games at Paterson Field after a 3-3 tie against UW-Stout Tuesday afternoon.
2) First-year player Aileen Scheibner (Woodbury, Minn.) is developing a real knack for scoring. She had a pair of goals in the second half and leads the team with seven for the season.
3) Natalie Cooper (Jr., Stillwater, Minn.) is adept at scoring and passing. he goal that tied the game was her fifth of the year. She also leads the team in assists with six.
The tie lifted Hamline's overall record to 6-2-3. But this one was unlike the previous draws against Concordia and St. Thomas. After a slow start, there was a flurry of second half activity that resulted in five goals in a little over 36 minutes.
The Pipers trailed 1-0 at halftime. Early in the second half, Scheibner took matters into her feet. With less than two minutes played, she took Cooper's feed and stuffed a shot in from close range. 12 minutes later, Scheibner was on the far right side of the field and nailed a shot into the left corner of the net to give HU a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Devils, however, showed why they entered with a 6-1 won-loss mark. They responded with two goals of their own in a similar span of 12 minutes to regain the lead at 3-2. Now, it was Cooper's turn to shine. Her header from close range - her fifth marker of the year - found the net with 6:42 left to make it 3-3. That goal was a milestone in another way. It was the Pipers' 26th overall marker of the season -- one more than they had all last year in 18 games.
And that's how it ended. The Pipers were outshot slightly, 14-11, in total attempts and in Shots On Goal (11-7). Goalies Liz Stock (Sr., Savage, Minn) had four saves in the first half and Erin Urbanowicz (Fy., Gresham, Ore.) had the same number in the second half and the two extra 10-minute periods. Both goalies continue to have goals-against marks under 1.00.(Stock is 0.78 and Urbanowicz is 0.98)
Hamline is off until Sunday when they play a MIAC game at St. Mary's. After the meeting with the Cardinals, they have four of their final six games of the season at Paterson Field.
The Pipers retained a spot in the NSCAA Regional rankings. After being 9th the last two weeks, they stand 10th in the Central Region. UW-Stout, ranked 9th, is the third team in the Top Ten that the Pipers have tied. The others are No. 4 St. Thomas and No. 6 Concordia.