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Cougars suffer second loss to Saints

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The University of Minnesota, Morris men's soccer team had a four-game winning streak snapped by St. Scholastica on the road in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action.

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A win would have moved Morris ahead of St. Scholastica in the UMAC standings, but instead the loss leaves them two back in the loss column with just two weekends of play left.

The Cougars are now 7-4-2 overall and 6-2-0 in the UMAC with their only two losses in the last eight games coming at the hands of the Saints.

The Saints improved to 11-3-1 and 7-0-1 in the UMAC.

UM-Morris 4

Northland 0

The Cougars won their fourth straight on the road Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Northland in UMAC action.

The Cougars scored three first-half goals in a 14-minute span and added another in the second as Morris posted their second highest scoring game of the year.

Northland managed just three shots in the game - with none in the second half - as the Cougar defense allowed just two shots on goal in their seventh shutout of the season.

The Cougars opened the scoring at the 22:34 mark with Ebrima Badgie's fifth goal of the season, which would stand as the eventual game-winner, his third of the year.

Toby Glaser and Kevin Haider added the next two goals, scoring just seconds apart as the Cougars went into halftime holding 3-0 lead. It was Glaser's third goal of the year, moving behind Badgie for second on the team, while Haider netted his first point of the season.

The final goal came off a penalty kick from Greg Borchers in the 79th minute, his second of the season, but just the first PK for the Cougars all season.

With four goals and seven in their first meeting with the LumberJacks, the Cougars have posted each of their two highest scoring games of the season against Northland. Morris did their damage on 13 total shots, with the defense allowing a season-low-tying three.

Tyler Weber stopped the only two shots he saw and recorded his seventh shutout of the season, setting a new career high while moving closer to the UMM career record of 27 with his 21.

St. Scholastica 1

UM-Morris 0

The Cougars fell to St. Scholastica 1-0 Sunday for the second straight time.

The Saints outshot the Cougars 7-1 in the first half, and scored the game's only goal at the 39:45 mark with Kyle Farrar putting away a crossing pass from Joe Watt.

The Cougars outshot the Saints 5-4 in the second half, but couldn't get the ball to the back of the net, with their only two shots on goal stopped by CSS keeper Sam Reed.

The six shots are a season low for the Cougars, and are less than half of the 13 they posted against the Saints in the first meeting.

The Cougars will now get to close out the regular season at home, playing their last four games at Cougar Field. It starts with Northwestern on Oct. 20, in a game that will have positioning for a home playoff berth on the line, as the two teams battle for second in the league standings.

The Eagles and Cougars are scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.

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