They've proven they can do it on the road. But, as the saying goes, you are only as good as your last game. Thus, when Hamline's women's soccer team travels to St. Peter on Wednesday, October 3 looking for a third straight win that would vault them into the middle of the MIAC playoff picture, they will be looking to continue a strong of recent successes.
Hamline (7-2-1 overall, 2-2-1 MIAC) faces Gustavus Adolphus (4-5, 2-3) on the latter's home field at 4:00 p.m.
The Pipers are coming off a memorable week. The back-to-back 1-0 wins earned Molly Jacobs a home in the school record books for most shutouts in a season (6) and tied her for most wins in a season (7). (She was also named MIAC Women's Soccer Athlete Of The Week.) But it was also the school's first wins over those rivals since 2007. And the play of folks like Jordan Sammons (at right scoring the lone goal against St. Olaf) and Aileen Scheibner, who moved into a tie for the league lead with her 8th goal of the year at St. Thomas, are two other big reasons why this happened.
Hamline drew a couple of votes in the weekly NSCAA.org poll for North Region teams. But the result they are really seeking is a berth as one of the four teams in the MIAC playoffs. As the season hits the midpoint today, the field for those spots is rather crowded. Concordia is in first with 12 points followed by Bethel with 10. The logjam starts at third place with Augsburg, St. Olaf and St. Thomas tied with nine points. The Pipers, Carleton and Macalester are snapping at that trio's heels with seven points. And they don't have to look far to see their opponents today along with St. Ben's and St. Kate's ready to make a move with six points. (In soccer, you get three for a win and one for a tie.)
With four of their final six MIAC games away from Paterson Field, Hamline will have to continue to be road warriors to advance to postseason play.
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After Wednesday's game, Hamline returns to the friendly confines of Paterson Field for two straight home games. St. Mary's comes in on Saturday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a non-conference matchup with UW-Superior on Tuesday, October 9 at 4:00 p.m.