Cougars take two into double OT
The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team got in a lot of playing time this past weekend, taking both Upper Midwest Athletic Conference games into double overtime. The Cougars defeated Northland 2-1, but had to settle for a 0-0 tie with St. Scholastica.
After winning four straight, the Cougars improve to 7-5-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the UMAC.
A goal from Zoe Bergstrom in the first minute of the second overtime pushed the Cougars past Northland Saturday in UMAC action.
Just 55 seconds into the second overtime, Bergstrom got into the open field on a breakaway and scored on the period's only shot. It's her second goal of the year and first game-winner.
The Cougars had to work extra hard for the win, after pounding Northland 7-1 in their previous meeting this season. Winning in Ashland has proved to be tough for the Cougars, though, as they lost 2-0 there last season.
The first half nearly went without a score, until the Cougars' Ally Heida got them on the board with a penalty kick at the 42:57 mark. Morris took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but Northland didn't wait long to tie it up in the second half.
Just over 10 minutes in, the LumberJills' Rebecca Lake pulled the game even, scoring an unassisted tally.
Despite outshooting the LumberJills 13-8 in regulation - including a 6-2 mark in the second half - the Cougars were forced to take the field for their third overtime game of the season. The Cougars were 0-2 in overtime heading into the day.
Bergstrom and Megan Laird each led the way with three shots, with Bergstrom putting a game-high three on goal.
The Cougars put up 16 shots as a team, holding the LumberJills to just nine.
Morris has now scored multiple goals in their last four UMAC games, winning each.
St. Scholastica 0
The Cougars handed league-leading St. Scholastica their first conference blemish Sunday, stealing a 0-0 tie after 110:00 minutes of scoreless action.
St. Scholastica, with a 9-4-1 record and now 7-0-1 in the UMAC, entered the game with wins in each of their previous conference match-ups.
RiAnne Metz came up huge in the game, stopping all 11 shots she saw for a new career high, while pitching her fifth shutout.
The Saints fired off 22 total shots, the second most the Cougars have allowed all season. The Cougars, meanwhile, were held to just two, after posting nine in the two teams' first meeting. Rachel Berns took both of the Cougars' shots, while the Saints were led by Andrea Beatt, who took a game-high six.
In the second half alone the Cougars had to defend 10 Saint chances, to preserve the tie and hold CSS without a win in UMAC action for the first time since a tie with Bethany Lutheran on Sept. 18 last season
The Cougars stay unbeaten in their last five UMAC games, but see their four-match UMAC winning streak come to an end.
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 1:30 p.m. start.