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Saints report: Oswald’s last-second field goal gives Saints’ first MIAC football victory

Sophomore connects from 26 yards out on homecoming as CSS rallies to top Hamline.

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DULUTH — Kyle Oswald’s 26-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining lifted St. Scholastica to a 43-42 homecoming victory over Hamline as the Saints earned their first win as a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Saturday before 898 at Public Schools Stadium.

The scoring started early and often as St. Scholastica quarterback Donald West was 32-for-52 passing for 359 yards, with three touchdowns to one interception. West also ran for 44 yards and another score.

Hamline (2-2 overall, 0-2 MIAC) led 21-20 at the break after a seesaw first half and then seemingly took control by outscoring CSS 21-7 in the third quarter.

Trailing 42-27 going into the fourth quarter, St. Scholastica (2-2, 1-1) wasn’t going to be denied after coming up one point short against the Pipers in last year’s season finale.

Ashton Hain started the rally with an 8-yard touchdown run at 13:45 in the fourth quarter and then West found Ricky Weber from 8 yards out to make it 42-40 with 2:46 remaining.

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The potential game-tying two-point conversion pass failed but the Saints got the ball back at their own 43 with 51 seconds remaining.

West found Wyatt Lahr for 34 yards and Weber for 19 yards as CSS quickly drove to the Hamline 7. That’s where the drive stalled but it didn’t matter as Oswald’s aim was true.

Lahr led the Saints with eight receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns, Benjamin Hunter caught nine passes for 83 yards and Weber had six receptions for 74 yards and another score.

Alejandro Villanueva was 31-for-43 passing for 309 yards and three touchdowns, while Charlie Wilson was electric, with 14 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns and six carries for another 80 yards.

CSS, which got double-digit tackles from Anthony Vo (16), Antonio Bugni (13), Jake Kukowski (12) and Grand Rapids sophomore linebacker John Bonner (12), continues MIAC play when the Saints play at Gustavus Adolphus (2-2, 1-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in St. Peter, Minnesota, as part of the Gusties’ homecoming.

Gustavus fell 30-27 to No. 12 Bethel Saturday as the Gusties’ second-half comeback came up just short.

MEN'S SOCCER

Saints overcome first-half goal

St. Scholastica didn't score first but it did score last on Saturday in a 2-1 MIAC home victory over Bethel at Saints Field in Duluth.

Jack Hanson scored for the Royals with 18 seconds remaining in the first half, but after the break, the Saints offered a quick response as Arseno Hamilton leveled the score for the home team in the 49th minute.

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The Saints were outshot 12-2 in the first half (9-1 on target) but turned the game around in the second, and Ilhan Rrahoshi paid off the improvement with a game-winning goal in the 71st minute.

Ben Hallberg made 11 saves for CSS (4-5-2, 2-3 MIAC), which hit the road for a Sunday non-conference game against Luther in Decorah, Iowa.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Draw for Royals, Saints

A quick trade of goals early in the second half was the only scoring in a 1-1 MIAC women's soccer draw between Bethel and St. Scholastica at Saints Field in Duluth.

The teams played a scoreless and fairly even first half, with the hosts holding a 6-3 edge on shots, but the visitors putting two on frame to CSS's one.

Sonia Meyer broke the deadline in the 54th minute of play for the Royals, but they didn't hold the lead for long, as Kaitlyn Sautter scored her fifth goal of the season for St. Scholastica.

That proved to be all the scoring in the match. Gracie Meagher made five saves for the Saints (1-7-2, 0-3-2 MIAC). CSS has a home game on Tuesday vs. Macalester.

VOLLEYBALL

Bennies overwhelm Saints in sweep

St. Benedict started the match with 17 kills and one error in the first set and only marginally slowed down from there in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-20) road sweep of St. Scholastica at Reif Gymnasium.

The .485 hitting percentage the Bennies posted in the first frame was too much to handle, and the visitors still hit .250 and .261 in the next two sets. CSS was most competitive in the third, but found itself playing from slightly behind from 11-11 on. A Jessica Remer kill pulled the Saints to within 22-20, but St. Benedict won the next three points and the match.

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Remer had 14 kills to lead the Saints, who got 24 assists from Katie Brostrom. Defensively, Alcia Draper was the dig leader with 21.

CSS (8-6, 2-2 MIAC) plays at Concordia-Moorhead on Friday night.

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