Talk about trending in the right direction. Earlier in the week, Hamline's women's soccer team earned its first win over St. Olaf since 2007. On Saturday, they swept away and another ghost by doing the same thing at St. Thomas.
Aileen Scheibner's goal late in the first half and Molly Jacobs' shutout (whichearned her a place in the team record book) were the notable facts in a 1-0 win on the Tommies' home field.
And it is no coincidence that the Pipers are suddenly in the middle of the MIAC playoff race as a result. The Pipers win upped their season mark to 7-2-1 overall. All of those wins have come via the shutout. Jacobs (pictured at right) now has six solo blankings, breaking Jane Hoops' standard set in the 2000 season. Jacobs' seven victories also ties a team mark done on two other occasions.
More importantly, though, the win moved the Pipers to within two points of a playoff spot with the win. Hamline is 2-2-1 halfway through the conference slate. St. Olaf and St. Thomas are tied for four -- the last playoff position -- with 3-2 marks. (In MIAC soccer, you get three points for a win and one for a tie.)
As she has done all season, Scheibner came up with the big goal for HU Saturday. Time was running out when the sophomore converted a pass from Anna Harvey and sent the ball into the net with just one second left before intermission for her eighth goal, tying Mac's Georgia Cloepfil for the league lead in that department.
The Pipers play at Gustavus on October 3. They return to Paterson Field to host St. Mary's on October 6 at 1:00 p.m.
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