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Cougar women drop pair of UMAC contests

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The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team dropped a pair of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference games at home. The Cougars are now 5-7 overall.

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St. Scholastica 1

UM-Morris 0

The Cougars battled St. Scholastica Saturday afternoon evenly except for a momentary lapse early in the first half that allowed the Saints' Angie Groh to put away the game's only goal in the fourth minute of play.

The contest was marked by physical play on both sides, plenty of collisions and shirt grabbing. The Cougars were called for eight fouls to St. Scholastica's ten.

For the game, Scholastica had eight shots on goal. UMM had five.

The win moved Scholastica to 7-3-1.

Northland 3

UM-Morris 0

Reigning UMAC player of the year, Northland's Sarah Strobino, came to Morris Sunday and scored two goals for the Lumberjills in a 3-0 win over the Cougars.

The Cougar defense kept Strobino away from the ball most of the game.

The loss marked the end of a difficult weekend for the Cougar women who, despite playing well in long stretches, have dropped three of their last four conference games.

Northland scored its first goal at the 18-minute mark when Mariah Cook headed in a corner kick from Amanda Seely.

The 1-0 lead was steady until the middle of the second half when Strobino took charge. In the 67th minute, Cook threaded a pass to Strobino on the run who outran the backline and scored.

Nine minutes later, Strobino found herself in the same position, again on a pass from Cook. But this time she got a little lucky. UMM goalkeeper Emily Jacob darted at the rushing Strobino who blasted a kick over her. The ball caromed off the crossbar, bounced off Jacob's back and into the goal.

The late outburst of goals by Northland obscured a fairly even game in terms of possession and shots. The Cougars got off 23 compared to Northland's 20.

Statistics like that were of no solace to captain Rachel Harstad.

"I know we had [23] shots, but we have to take good quality shots, not just shots," Harstad said.

Head coach Dan Magner was impressed by Northland's play.

"My hat's off to them. They hustled and outplayed us today."

Next week the Cougars travel to the Cities for games against Northwestern College and Crown. The following week they return home for a pair of games against Martin Luther and Bethany Lutheran.

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