ST. PETER — Senior Amanda Cartony scored a pair of goals on Monday to lead the Gustavus Adolphus women’s soccer team to its first win of the season. The Gusties downed the University of Wisconsin-Stout 4-1 at the Gustavus field.
After taking a 2-0 lead just over two minutes into the second half, the Blue Devils came back to tie the game, but the Gusties responded with two goals in the final 10 minutes to capture the nonconference win.
“I think we came into today with a little more confidence,” said head coach Laura Burnett-Kurie. “We knew that when we played well on Friday we could move the ball well, so having that confidence helped us coming into the game. We moved the ball from the start and by doing that we were able to create a lot of dangerous opportunities.”
Freshman Maddison Ackiss sparked the Gustavus offense in the 38th minute with the first goal of her collegiate career. The forward took the ball up the left side, outrunning a UW-Stout defender and leaving no one goalkeeper Robbie Shelby between the ball and the back of the net. Ackiss punched a shot past a charging Shelby to put Gustavus on top 1-0.
“We had a good combination of energy and movement to start with,” said Ackiss. “We had good possession from the start and I think that just carried on throughout the game.”
Leading 1-0 at halftime, the Gusties scored just 2:25 into the second frame. This time, it was Cartony who found herself on the end of a corner kick from Leah Brossoit. Cartony sent a header into the back of the net to extend the Gusavus lead to 2-0.
UW-Stout came back strong, however, as the Blue Devils scored two straight goals to tie the game in the 77th minute.