PHOTO COURTESY OF CSB ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS • Senior Jenna Kleason (center) handles the ball against a UW- River Falls defender in their 1-0 nonconference win.

By Megan Toninato

mmtoninato@csbsju.edu

The CSB soccer team is off to a hot start with an overall record of 5-1-1.

Last week, they were ranked No. 22 overall in the NCAA Division III Coaches’ Poll because of their big wins against nonconference teams Loras College and UW-Eau Claire. Both Loras and Eau Claire fell to CSB 3-2.

“Finding out that we were ranked in the top 25 was exciting news and gave us some momentum going forward.” first-year forward Megan Thompson said. “We also realized that we had to live up to the title, work hard and prove that we deserve to be ranked,”

 

After receiving these honors, CSB was coming into a tough part of their MIAC schedule against Concordia and St.Thomas. In Moorhead, CSB came away with a thrilling 1-0 win with the lone goal scored by Thompson.

CSB then returned home for the last game to be played at the old field on the south side of the CSB campus. Here, CSB found themselves on the pitch against rival St.Thomas. The Tommies took a lead only 10 minutes into the game. Later in the game, the Tommies added two more to hold on for a 3-0 win, giving CSB their first MIAC loss of the year.

PHOTO COURTESY OF CLAIRE BOATMAN • crboatman@csbsju.edu • Fans enjoy a sunny day in St. Joseph as CSB takes on Augsburg for a heated MIAC matchup on the new turf.

After the tough loss, CSB needed to bounce back the very next day against UW-River Falls. This day was extra special, as the CSB soccer team found a new place to call home. Over the years, CSB soccer has claimed many different fields as their own. Between the old field at St. Ben’s and sharing with Johnnie soccer at SJU, CSB proved they could bring their game any time and any place. But, on Sept. 17th, their dream of having a state-of-the-art facility to call home was finally realized. The new stadium with a fully operational artificial turf field opened its doors to fans and players to enjoy an intense soccer game on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Here, CSB was in a grudge match against UW-River Falls in its final nonconference matchup. Both teams were scoreless at halftime, but in the 65th minute Thompson scored her sixth goal of the season, and the first goal ever scored on the new field. CSB held on for the win, improving their record to 5-1 overall.

“Obviously, no one on our team was happy with the loss on Saturday.” Thompson said “The seniors told us to hold on to our anger and use it as energy for our next game against River Falls, and that’s exactly what we did.”

CSB is now approaching the heart of their MIAC schedule, which is no easy task. This past Wednesday, CSB hosted Augsburg for a head-to-head match-up. After trailing 2-0, CSB fought their way back and tied the game 2-2 with just under a minute remaining, scored on a corner kick by junior Jane Koch. The game headed to overtime, but neither team found the back of the net. With a tie, CSB now holds a MIAC record of 1-1-1.

“After a tough weekend, our team was looking to recover and get our legs back underneath us,” Thompson said, “We know if we play our game and play for one another, we will be satisfied with this coming week’s results.”

CSB heads to St. Olaf Sept. 23 looking to get their 6th win of the season.