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Rosenthal stars as men's soccer defeats Saint Mary's 5-0

Michael Abdella
September 15, 2012

NORTHFIELD, Minn.- David Rosenthal scored a hat trick to lead the St. Olaf men's soccer team to a 5-0 win over Saint Mary's University on Saturday afternoon at Rolf Mellby Field.

After being held scoreless in the first five games he played this season, Rosenthal broke out on Saturday. In addition to Rosenthal's outburst, Nick Lund and Kevin Skrip scored their first goals of the year for the Oles.

Rosenthal got the scoring started just 2:43 into the contest, when he got on the end of a through ball from Nick Lund and tucked his shot under Dontae Gillespie. Lund's assist was his first of the year.

Half an hour into the contest, Lund got a goal to go with his assist. Defender Stephen Johnson slid a pass behind the Cardinals defense and Lund did the rest to put the Oles up 2-0.

Rosenthal scored twice in a span of two minutes in the second half to complete his hat trick. Rosenthal's second came on a penalty kick at 56:14 and his third came at 58:07 off an assist from defender Ken Ouren. Rosenthal now has a team-high 10 points on three goals and four assists this season.

First-year Kevin Skrip rounded off the scoring with his first St. Olaf goal with just 26 seconds remaining. Phumelela Sukati squared the ball to Skrip whose initial shot was saved by Gillespie. However, the rebound came straight back to Skrip to give the Oles a fifth goal.

St. Olaf held a 22-6 advantage in shots on goal for the game. Rosenthal had nine shots, including seven on goal to lead the way for the hosts. Six Cardinal players had one shot each.

Harry Ullmann made three saves in net for the Oles to earn the shutout. Gillespie made seven saves for Saint Mary's but took the loss. St. Olaf improves to 3-2-1, 1-0-1 MIAC, while the Cardinals fall to 2-4-0, 0-2-0 in the conference. The Oles had been winless in their three previous games.

St. Olaf travels to Kenosha, Wis. for a game against Carthage College on Friday. Then the Oles head to Chicago to face North Park, before returning home on Sept. 26 to face Hamline in a MIAC game.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.