St. Catherine invite tough on Cougars
Playing at the St. Catherine Invite, the University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team finished 0-2 in St. Paul on the weekend, and has now lost three straight.
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The Cougars dropped a 5-1 decision to host St. Catherine Saturday, Sept. 11.
The two teams played an even first half, heading into the break all knotted up at 1-1, but in the second half, St. Kate's found their scoring stroke and connected for four goals to put the game away.
Despite the scoring disparity, the Cougars played close for much of the match, with St. Kate's not pulling away until late. The score was just 2-1 for the first 70 minutes, and the last two goals came within 70 seconds of each other, in the final five minutes of the match.
St. Catherine got on the board first at the 15:57 mark, but the Cougars answered with the tying goal at 39:43 and went into the half tied despite being out-shot 10-4 in the half. Katie Kestner made good on a header off a Zoe Bergstrom corner kick to pull the Cougars even.
St. Kate's netted the game-winner at the 53:48 mark, taking the 2-1 lead and never looking back. They then added three insurance goals in the final 20 minutes.
The hosts finished the day outshooting the Cougars 28-6, including an 18-2 clip in the second half. Emily Jacob had a busy day in the net, finishing with eight saves, but still suffers the loss as the Cougars drop to 1-3 on the year.
The Cougars wrapped up play at the St. Catherine Invitational Sunday, falling 5-0 to Simpson College.
Taylor Meehan continued to lead the charge for the Cougars, taking a team-high four shots on the day, with two landing on net.
All five of Simpson's goals came from different players, with only one coming in the first half. The Storm scored midway through the first half and led just 1-0 at the intermission.
In the second half, an 11-minute scoring flurry produced four goals and put the game away. From 63:03 to 73:58, Simpson packed in the final four scores for a 5-0 lead that was insurmountable.