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By the Helena IR

Bouncing back after suffering its first loss of the season on Friday, the Carroll College women's soccer team picked up a 2-1 win Sunday at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Both Saints goals were scored by defender Caitlin Walter, a junior from Otis Orchards, Washington, in the first half. Assisting on those tallies were Kayla Bayer and Michaela Kueffler. The Saints return home to open Frontier Conference play on Saturday against the University of Great Falls.

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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

Just minutes in, it became clear that the outcome at Nelson Stadium on Sunday wasn’t much in doubt. The only question was what the final margin of victory would be. It wound up 8-0 in favor of the Carroll College women’s soccer team, as the Saints remained unbeaten with the blowout of visiting Trinity Lutheran.

From the opening whistle, the Saints dominated. Carroll moved immediately into the Trinity zone, Cassidy Hammons putting in the first goal less than two minutes in. Captain Tessa Neameyer floated in another one at 34:37, and two-and-a-half minutes later it was Kayla Bayer.

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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

A four-year varsity starter in high school, Kristyn Bohlander arrived at Carroll with plenty of promise. Midway through her freshman year, however, she tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in her right knee. The knee was shredded; her soccer season was over.

It was a tough blow for the midfielder from Kennewick, Wash., but she pushed hard enough in rehab that she was running again five months later. So, with a beast of a brace protecting the knee, Bohlander returned to the field last season. She played in all 17 games for the Saints, firing 10 shots with eight making it on goal. It was a strong performance, considering. But it still didn't feel quite right.

"It was, psychologically, really hard to play with that brace," she said. "You freak out about everything. Every time someone comes in to tackle or whatever, it definitely messes with your mental game -- which makes it hard to play, then, on the physical side."

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By the Helena IR

Carroll College is quickly putting a mark on the Frontier Conference, and the Saints have take both weekly awards. For the Carroll women, it was a sweep; Jamie Carter was named the Frontier Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, while Michaela Kueffler won the offensive award.

Carter, a 5-foot-6 sophomore goalie, won two matches, with a 3-1 victory over Mount Royal University and a 2-1 decision over Evergreen College. She gave up two goals and had 13 saves in those wins.

Kueffler, a 5-6 sophomore forward from Billings, scored the game-winning goal against Evergreen and assisted on the winning goal against Mount Royal.

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By the Helena IR

With the wind swirling and time winding down, Michaela Kueffler made sure the Saints remained unbeaten. Kueffler's goal in the 88th minute Sunday gave the Carroll College women's soccer team a 2-1 win over visiting Evergreen College at Nelson Stadium. The goal capped a home-field comeback and pushed the squad to 4-0-1 on the season.

The Geoducks took the early lead, going up 1-0 on a goal from Erin Hardy. But the Saints answered in the second half, with Katey Freidt scoring off an assist from Tessa Neameyer to tie it up in the 62nd minute.

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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

Crisp passing and a grind-it-out mentality earned the Carroll College women's soccer team its third consecutive win Saturday, 3-1 over visiting Mount Royal. The two evenly matched teams battled back and forth throughout, with a Kristyn Bohlander goal -- a sixth-minute marker assisted by Cassidy Hammons -- the only score of the first half.

The second half of play was more of the same, with many of the opening minutes spent in the middle of the Nelson Stadium field. Eventually, though, Carroll broke free. With a long feed to Kayla Bayer, behind the only defender in sight, she lofted an angled shot over the keeper and into the far corner. The perfectly placed shot made it a 2-0 lead for the Saints, but the visitors would answer.

"Yeah, she kind of tucked the ball back in toward the middle of play and caught the keeper not quite off her line, but not ready for a shot from that distance," coach Dave Thorvilson said.

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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

Just five minutes into overtime Saturday, Carroll College women's soccer coach Dave Thorvilson saw an opportunity and told his senior defender to go for it. Kelli Lessmeier delivered, booting in a free kick from 45 yards out, giving the Saints a 1-0 win over Northwest Nazarene University.

"There was a little bit of wind, and the goalkeeper was hanging high on her line, so I told her to take it," Thorvilson said. "It was kind of weird. We scored and the defense wasn't sure if the game was over. Once everybody realized that was it, it was a nice moment of excitement for us."

Jamie Carter finished with eight saves to earn the win for the Saints (2-0-1), who return home for a pair of games, on Saturday and Sunday at Nelson Stadium.

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