Cougar men win 3rd straight
The University of Minnesota, Morris men's soccer team has won three straight with victories over Bethany and Martin Luther on the road. With the wins the Cougars improve to 6-3-2 on the season and 5-1 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.
The Cougars used a lone first-half goal to get by Bethany Lutheran 1-0 Friday in UMAC action.
Matt Johnson scored his second of the year at the 21:39 mark, using assists from Greg Borchers and Ebrima Badgie. It's the second straight game with a goal for Johnson, while team scoring leader, Badgie notches his 10th point of the year.
The Cougars had the pressure on all game, finishing with 21 shots to just seven for the Vikings. It's the second straight match the Cougars have put up over 20 shots, after doing so just once in the season's first eight matches.
Johnson scored on one of just two shots on the day, while Badgie led the way with seven, giving him 15 in just the last two games.
The Vikings got their seven shots from just three players, and made them worth it with five landing on net.
Cougar goalkeeper Tyler Weber stopped all five, his second best save mark of the season. Weber and the defense also post their sixth shutout of the season, already over halfway to their total of 11 from last season. The shutout also marks the third time in Weber's career he has posted at least six in a season.
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The Cougars went into overtime Saturday to top Martin Luther 2-1 in UMAC action.
Michael Schuweiler scored the second goal of his career with under four minutes left in the first overtime, scoring on a crossing pass from Badgie to give the Cougars the win.
The goal capped a late comeback for Morris, as Toby Glaser scored in the 82nd minute to put the Cougars on the board and even the match.
Looking for just their second conference win, Martin Luther went up 1-0 on a Ryan Lemke goal at the 36:13 mark, taking advantage of one of the Knights' four corner kicks in the match.
The Cougars took an amazing 40 shots in the match, the best mark in the UMAC this season. They had 18 in the first half despite trailing at the break, and outshot the Knights 19-3 in the second half, putting the pressure on as they worked to tie the match.
On the defensive end, Morris held Martin Luther to 13 shots, while putting up nine corner kicks as they controlled the match.
Glaser notched his first since Sept. 16, as the Cougars win their first overtime game of the season. He took seven shots in the match and led the team with four shots on goal.
Badgie led the Cougars with a season-high 10 shots in the match, with five players taking four or more.
The win is also the first of the comeback variety on the season for the Cougars, and their first in the extra session not to end in a tie.
Just their second multiple goal game of the season, the Cougars will next take on the opponent from their biggest win of the year. Off for nearly two weeks, the Cougars return to action on Oct. 15 at Northland, and at St. Scholastica on Oct. 16. In their first meeting this season the Cougars beat the LumberJacks 7-0, while the Saints gave the Cougars their only conference loss.