Cougar women split at home
The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team split a pair of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference contests at home over the weekend.
With the win and loss, the Cougars stand at 6-7-2 overall, 5-3-2 in the UMAC.
The setback ends the Cougars' five-game unbeaten streak and drops them back below .500 on the season. In UMAC action they remain in the top-four, and are in good position for a spot in the UMAC Tournament. The Cougars can begin to strengthen their bid for a tournament spot on Oct. 22 at Northwestern. Kick off is set for 3:30 p.m.
The Cougars had to work a little extra Saturday for their 1-0 win over Northland, breaking the scoreless tie in the final minute of overtime.
UMM put up 22 shots while limiting Northland to only three, but landed just nine on net, and only six in regulation.
The deciding blow came in with the clock ticking down in the first overtime, when Leah Parker took a perfectly placed outlet pass from Zoe Bergstrom up the center of the field and out-sprinted the LumberJill defense for a breakaway goal that ended the game.
The goal was Parker's team leading ninth, and gave the Cougars their third straight win, their longest stretch of the season. Bergstrom took a game-high five shots in the match, while Parker finished with three.
Katie Kestner had four shots in the match, as seven different Cougars had multiple shots.
The Cougar offense continually gave themselves chances in regulation, but crosses to the center were left unconnected, and shots in the box went just off the mark. When the Cougars were on frame, LumberJill goalkeeper Sarah Weed did her best to keep her team alive finishing with eight saves on the day.
St. Scholastica 2
The Cougars fought back from a 1-0 deficit Sunday, only to see a penalty kick goal by visiting St. Scholastica become the final decision in a 2-1 loss to the Saints.
St. Scholastica improved to 9-4-1 overall and 9-0-1 in the UMAC.
The Saints scored late in the first half and held a 1-0 lead for much of the second half, until UMM's Crystal Zastrow tied the match with the first goal of her career. Zastrow took a pass from Parker and dribbled through traffic to the front of the net, where she beat the keeper to the right for the tying goal. With less than 20 minutes left to play the Cougars had new life and the momentum.
However, less than 10 minutes later, the play had shifted back down to the Cougar zone. The Saints had control and were on the attack when a foul was called on the Cougars inside the penalty box, giving the Saints a penalty kick.
The Saints' Joey Moore made good on the kick, sneaking it just under the cross bar for the game-winner. With just 15 minutes left, the Cougars were again trailing.
UMM's best chance to get back on the board came as the final seconds were ticking off the clock. With under a minute to go, Kestner fired off a corner kick that found a lane right to Meghan Laird. Laird's shot came up blocked by the Saint defense, however, and the remainder of the final minute ran off in the 2-1 loss.
The Cougars were held to just four shots in the match, with Zastrow burying their only shot on goal. St. Scholastica took 10 shots, finishing with five of them on net.
It was also senior day at Cougar Field as Emily Jacob, Rachel Harstad, and Liz Vold all played their final home game.