For weeks, Hamline men's soccer coach Jon Lowery has felt his team was doing all they could but just could not find a way to get over the top. Saturday afternoon, the hard work got rewarded with a 2-1 victory over St. Mary's at Paterson Field.
Greg Northrop (So., Arden Hills, Minn.) scored a team-high third goal of the season in the first minute of the second half and Sam Slagle (Jr., Appleton, Wis.) boomed home what proved to be the winning tally with 29:20 remaining in the second half. The Pipers improved to 1-3-2 in the MIAC, 3-7-2 overall.
The Pipers held a 6-2 edge in shots in the scoreless first half. Northrop got things going when he found an opening from the left side 34 seconds into the second session. 16 minutes later, Slagle drilled a direct kick home for his first goal of the season. It proved to be an important goal because the Cardinals got one back six minutes later.
That was all HU goalie Spencer Von Behren (Jr., Bloomington, Minn.) would allow past him. He finished the game with three saves, lowering his GAA to 1.97 for the season. The Pipers can move closer to the .500 mark in the conference with two games next week. They play at Gustavus Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Next Saturday, they visit Carleton for a 1:00 p.m. affair.