Gustavus versus Saint Mary's - Tuesday Oct. 9th
GAC 2 - 0 SMU
- In the midst of a downpour the Gusties battled through the conditions to pull out a 2-0 victory over the Cardinals.
- The game was scoreless for 55 minutes until Abby Mullenbach (Jr., Lakeville, Minn.) broke the tie when she netted her fifth goal of the season to give the Gusties a 1-0 edge with the assist going to Emily Skogseth (Sr., Burnsville, Minn). Skogseth took a shot that the Cardinal goalkeeper made a fantastic save on but it bounced right to Mullenbach who put her left footed kick in the back of the net.
- Skogseth notched the other Gustie goal in the 74th minute when Chase Miller passed a perfect through ball to Skogseth who evaded the Cardinal goalie and found the back of the net to seal the 2-0 victory.
- Abby Goodno (Fy., Little Canada, Minn.) got her 10th start in net on the season and racked up her fourth win by allowing no goals and making eight saves.
"It was such a fun game to watch, coach, and play in. We moved the ball well, had some creative moments, and had a lot of dangerous opportunities created by a variety of players. I’m really proud to get that win and get the shutout as well.”
Gustavus versus Saint Benedict - Saturday, Oct. 13th
GAC 2 - 3 CSB
- For the fourth consecutive contest the Gusties scored the first goal of the game when in the second minute Katie Ashpole (So., Chaska, Minn.) received a pass from Rachel Rehnelt (Fy., Albert Lea, Minn.) and chipped one over the goalkeepers head for the 1-0 lead. The game remained at 1-0 for the rest of the first half.
- After haltime, the Blazers scored two unanswered goals in the 50th and 52nd minute before Chase Miller (Sr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) found the back of the net on a shot outside the box to tie the game at 2-2 in the 59th minute.
- The Blazers quickly answered in the 65th minute to take the 3-2 lead and held onto that advantage for the rest of the contest to claim the victory.
Gusties versus St. Thomas - Wednesday, Oct. 10th
GAC 3 - 1 UST
- The No. 11 Gustavus volleyball team extended its winning streak to 11 with a four-set victory at St. Thomas with scores of 25-20, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22.
- Hanna Albers (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) was the go-to attacker with a season-high 18 kills and a .395 hitting percentage. Lauren Hanson (Sr., Redwood Falls, Minn.) continued to be a big contributor as well with 13 kills.
- Nora Holtan (Sr., Rochester, Minn.) distributed 40 assists and Brittany Luethmers (Sr., Prior Lake, Minn.) dug out 30 attacks, marking her seventh career 30-dig match and first of the season.
“We weren’t the most efficient with our attack tonight but the defense was stellar,” Head Coach Rachelle Sherden said. “Hanna came up big for us in a key match with her best attacking performance of the season.”
Gusties vs. UC-Santa Cruz - Saturday, Oct. 13th
GAC 3 - 0 UCSC
- The Gusties posted a .287 hitting percentage and held the Banana Slugs to a -.079 rate. Kate Holtan (So., Rochester, Minn.) led the offense with 10 kills and a .389 attacking percentage, while collecting 11 digs for a double-double.
- Nora Holtan distributed 23 assists and dug out 10 attacks for a double-double as well. Brittany Luethmers led the back line with 14 digs.
Gusties vs. Luther - Saturday, Oct. 13th
GAC 3 - 0 LC
- The Black and Gold were once again efficient on the attack, hitting at a .262 percentage while holding the Norse to .096.
- Lauren Hanson led the attack with 11 kills and a blistering .429 percentage.
- Nora Holtan assisted on 34 kills and is now just three assists away from setting the Gustavus program record, held by Jess Lobben (1993-96) with 4,201.
“We were very efficient on offense today,” Sherden said. “It was a true collective effort. Along with our starters, everyone on the bench played and did very well.”
Gusties vs. Hamline - Saturday, Oct. 13th
GAC 42 - 14 HU
- Two blocked punts, one recovered for a touchdown, and a punt return touchdown highlighted the Gustavus football team’s 42-14 win at Hamline on Saturday afternoon.
- Jordan Kahlow (Sr., Le Sueur, Minn.) started the scoring for the Gusties as he recovered a blocked punt in the endzone after Hamline’s first possession. Two plays into the Pipers’ next drive, Jake Boykin (Jr., Las Cruces, N.M.) forced and recovered a fumble at the home 25-yard line.
- Gustavus out-gained Hamline 407-196 in total yards with a season-high 200 on the ground. David Peal (Fy., Worcester, Mass.) led the ground game with eight carries for 75 yards and a score. Rafael Soriano-Campos (Jr., Guadalajara, Mexico) had 11 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
- Michael Veldman (Sr., Becker, Minn.) completed 15-of-22 passes for 204 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Brayton Fich (Jr., Mount Morris, Ill.) was the top target with five catches for 43 yards.
- Brice Panning (Jr., Hamburg, Minn.) finished with a game-high 120 all-purpose yards including a punt return for a touchdown. Boykin led the team in tackles for the first time this season with six, including the forced fumble and recovery.
“Proud of our guys, it’s the kind of effort we needed today,” Head Coach Peter Haugen said. “We didn’t give up much on defense, made some big plays, and had some turnovers, so that was fun to see.”
Gusties vs. Saint John's - Saturday, Oct. 13th
GAC 2 - 1 SJU (2OT)
- Saint John’s scored its lone goal of the match in the 12th minute and carried a 1-0 lead into halftime. In the 55th minute, Luke Laurich (Jr., Batavia, Ill.) knotted the score at 1-1 with his third goal of the season. Matt Gibbons (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) crossed from the right side, finding Laurich who connected on a header into the left side of the goal.
- The Gusties outshot the Johnnies 8-4 in the second half but couldn’t get one past the keeper and the match was sent to overtime.
- Gustavus played on its heels for much of the first overtime as the home team outshot the Gusties 4-0. But Gustie keeper Anders Severson (Sr., Woodbury, Minn.) was up to the challenge by making every stop.
- Finally, in the 106th minute, Trace Dobson (So., Sioux Falls, S.D.) crossed a pass into the box, finding Arthur Parens (Sr., Wayzata, Minn.) who benefitted with an open shot in the center of the net for his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
“That’s one of the most satisfying results of my career,” Head Coach Tudor Flintham said. “It wasn’t our prettiest game, but to be honest I think we needed that. We haven’t conceded the first goal in a game since September 9, so finding out that we’ve got the ability to grind out a result from a difficult situation is a massive positive.
Gusties vs. Saint Mary's - Monday, Oct. 15th
GAC 4 - 1 SMU
- The Gusties jumped out to a quick start when Arthur Parens scored his eighth goal of the season in the sixth minute with assists going to both Matt Gibbons and Trace Dobson.
- The Gusties took over in the 33rd minute when Gibbons took a throw in from the left sideline that went all the way into the box and Joe Brandel (Jr., St. Louis Park, Minn.) leaped through a few bodies and headed it over the goalkeeper for a Gustie score to gain a 2-0 lead. Just over a minute later, when the Cardinals were trying to clear a ball, Nolan Garvin (So., Batavia, Ill.) intercepted it and shot a laser from outside the box that found the back of the net to give the Gusties a 3-0 lead.
- The Cardinals would score before the half to make the score 3-1 Gusties at the break.
- The Gusties came out strong again in the second half when Gibbons took a free kick in the 54th minute and put it in the top left corner of the net to give the Gusties a 4-1 lead, which would hold for the rest of the contest for the victory.
On the contest, coach flintham said, “We know that every game in the MIAC is going to be a battle and Saint Mary’s gave us that. I’m really proud of the way our guys showed emotional control in a rough, physical game and stuck to the game plan.