College Fall Sports Preview


The fall sports season is fast approaching . Both Northfield colleges are gearing up for another year of fierce competition. The fall sports that have commenced thus far are football, and men’s and women’s soccer.

This year at St. Olaf, football is off to an exciting start with forty-three new first-year athletes, in addition to last years returning players. Head Coach Jerry Olszewski is implementing a new team motto: “Either grab an oar or grab a life jacket, help paddle or head for shore”. This year is about teamwork and working as one. The first Ole football game will be September 4th vs. Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Carleton football is also off to a strong start beginning their season with offensive tackle, Brad Eckelmann being named Pre-Season All-American for the second straight year. Head Coach Kurt Ramler will lead the Knights into their first battle on September 4th vs. Crown College in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota. Their first home game will be on September 18th vs. Luther.

 St. Olaf men’s and women’s soccer have also begun their pre-season. The women’s team has welcomed seven new first years to the roster. The Oles will be looking forward a great season out of seniors K.C. Beed, Samantha Sickbert, and Becca Neuger. The women will travel to Eau Claire, Wisconsin on September 1st to compete against UW-Eau Claire. On the men’s side, their team is made up of twenty-five men all looking forward to a competitive season in the MIAC. The first men’s game will take place at home here in Northfield on September 1st vs. Northwestern College.

Carleton’s soccer programs are both ready for a fierce competitive year as well. The women’s team has added six new faces to the lady Knights roster. The women’s team will travel to Tacoma, Washington for their first game against Pacific Lutheran on September 2nd. On the men’s side, the Knights will be entering a new year after posting ten winning seasons in the past thirteen years. Their first game will be here in Northfield at Carleton’s Bell Field. The Knights will match up against North Park University on September 4th.

Fall is a great time to come out and support local teams and watch some fierce MIAC competition. Other fall sports to begin to look forward to are volleyball and cross country. For more information on St. Olaf athletics please click here. For more information on Carleton College Athletics please click here.