Cougar men split in UMAC action
The University of Minnesota, Morris men’s soccer team split a pair of matches in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action.
The Cougars fell to St. Scholastica, but defeated Northland College, to move to 10-8 overall and 9-3 in the UMAC.
St. Scholastica 3, UM-Morris 1
The Cougars fell 3-1 on Friday afternoon to the St. Scholastica Saints. With the win the Saints secured the number one spot in the UMAC Tournament. The Cougars slipped into a tie for the number two spot.
The Saints scored two early goals to put immediate pressure on the Cougars. The first goal came in the eighth minute and the second goal came in the 12th minute. The match settled down after that and the Cougars outshot the Saints 7-6 in the first half, but could not register a goal.
In the 81st minute CSS made it 3-0 to put the match out of reach.
Shingo Yamane scored his fifth goal of the season in the 84th minute thanks to an assist by Ebrima Badgie, but it was a little too late for the Cougars.
The match featured 26 fouls and four yellow cards.
UM-Morris 3, Northland 0
The Cougars responded with a 3-0 win over Northland. Austin Keller had two goals and Matt Vik had a goal and two assists. Morris had 16 shots.
Keller scored a goal just 32 seconds into the match, one of the fastest goals in school history. Yamane and Vik had the assists on the Keller goal.
In the 44th minute Keller doubled the Cougars’ lead thanks to an assist from Vik.
Vik scored a goal of his own in the 75th minute. William Wachutka had the assist on the Vik goal.
Minnesota Morris out shot Northland 9-1 in the first half and 7-1 in the second half.
Jacob Borash earned the shutout for Morris.
The Cougars wrap up the 2013 regular season next weekend with home matches against North Central and Northwestern.