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Lutes Lose to St. Olaf on Fluke Own Goal in Overtime

Derek Johnson

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - A deflection on a clearance bounced over the head of Pacific Lutheran goalkeeper Joe Rayburn, giving St. Olaf a 3-2 overtime win in a non-conference men's soccer match played here Monday morning.

The own goal, which came just 1:37 into the first overtime period, handed St. Olaf its second win in as many matches this season. The Lutes finished their season-opening road trip to Minnesota with a 1-2 record.

St. Olaf took the lead at 37:13 on a goal by Aaron Stets, his first of the season, before the Lutes replied with a pair of second half tallies to take a 2-1 lead. Junior forward Derek Johnson netted for the first time this season at 61:42 to tie the match at 1-1, and freshman forward Emmanuel Amarh notched his second of the campaign at 79:44 to give PLU a 2-1 advantage. Shane Gutierrez was credited with the assist on Amarh's tally.

The host Oles made it 2-2 with less than four minutes remaining as Will Totimeh took a pass from David Rosenthal and put the ball past Rayburn. That set up the fluke goal in overtime.

PLU outshot St. Olaf, 14-11, and forced keeper Harry Ullman to make seven saves. Rayburn finished with four saves and his defense cleared another goal-bound effort off of the line. St. Olaf had an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Pacific Lutheran returns to action next Friday and Saturday when they face Wheaton (Ill.) and Corban in games at the Whitworth Soccer Classic.

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