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Vanden Avond Ties NCAA Division III Goals Record In Win Over Grinnell

From Sports Information Director, October 18, 2015 | Women's Soccer
by Dan Lukes, dan.lukes@snc.edu, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College senior Katie Vanden Avond tied the NCAA Division III career record for goals in the Green Knights' 1-0 win over Grinnell College at Schneider Stadium.

Vanden Avond's goal late in the first half gave her 124 career goals, matching the standard set by Luther College's Katie Pettigrew set from 2001-04.

To Vanden Avond, she was just happy the win gave her team three points in the Midwest Conference standings. St. Norbert improved to 10-4-1 overall and 7-1 in the MWC with the win, two points behind first-place Lake Forest College with two games remaining.

"As it got closer (there) was a little bit more pressure just cause that's kind of the only thing anyone talks to me about anymore," Vanden Avond said. "It was pressure. But there was more pressure to win this game today because if we win our last two conference games we can host the conference tournament."

Following the game, St. Norbert College president Tom Kunkel announced the retirement of Vanden Avond's No. 3.

"It's pretty cool. I didn't know they were going to retire my number, so that made me cry," Vanden Avond said. "But it's really cool because I have all these friends and family here and my teammates have been so supportive."

Vanden Avond's goal came when she took a pass from Morgan Kelly and drove a shot to the upper-right corner that hit the crossbar and bounced down and out. After a moment the shot was ruled a goal at the 38:06 mark. Video shot from the goal line reviewed after the game showed the ball clearly across the goal line before caroming out.

"She had a great smack at the top of the post that went in," St. Norbert coach Dennis Detrie said. "People think it's easy for her to do. It does look like it at times, but it's still a difficult thing that she's doing. That just shows you -- this record -- how big of a deal it is."

Vanden Avond had a couple quality scoring chances late against a Grinnell defense that had four defenders marking two forwards. Her best shot to break the record came on a point-blank shot with 1:50 to go that was turned away by Grinnell goalkeeper Katy Oldach.

St. Norbert outshot Grinnell 19-6 and had a 7-0 edge in corner kicks. Maddie Plinska made three saves to register the shutout, while Oldach made 12 stops for the Pioneers.