The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team started conference play with a pair of wins at Cougar Field. With the victories over Crown and Northwestern, UMM improves to 3-4-0 overall and 2-0-0 in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play.
UMM faces a tough opponent in St. Scholastica Saturday and will travel to Ashland, Wis. to play Northland College on Sunday.
The Cougars picked up a 5-0 win over Crown College today Friday, Sept. 17.
Katie Kestner wasted little time in putting the Cougars on the field, with the game winner in just the second minute of play. Kestner scored on an assist from Taylor Meehan, who logged a season-high five points in the day.
Meehan led the Cougars with two goals to go along with her assist to Kestner.
Just 1:25 into the match, Kestner put UMM on the board, taking the ball from Meehan and unleashing a shot into the upper left corner, over the outstretched hand of the Storm goalkeeper.
Later in the match, Meehan got her first goal of the season, finding the back of the net in the 27th minute. Meehan took a pass from Sarah Timpane and placed her shot right underneath the keeper for the 2-0 lead, which is where the score would stay heading into halftime.
Already in command in the game and up 2-0, the Cougars showed the rout was on just over 10 minutes after the break. Meehan had her second goal of the season, and second of the match, with a score off a corner kick and a cross as the 51:10 mark. Timpane got her second assist of the match and Meghan Laird got her first on the pass to Meehan.
Just 44 seconds later UMM added another goal. Leah Parker got her third goal of the season with a breakaway past the Crown defense and into the net. Parker streaked past the defense and across the open field before notching the unassisted tally at the 51:54 mark.
The Cougars then tacked on one more in the goal, as Zoe Bergstrom added the final score. Her third goal of the season, Bergstrom got a pass from Timpane and beat the keeper to the left at the 55:19 mark. The assist was Timpane's third helper of the game.
The Cougars won an overtime thriller Saturday, defeating Northwestern 2-1 in the extra session.
Carrying the Cougars was Parker, who found the net twice on a pair of unassisted scoring plays.
The goals were the fourth and fifth of the season for Parker. She got her first goal of the game in the 75th minute, after her first shot was blocked off the keeper. She then got her own rebound and put it in the back of the net to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead with under 20:00 minutes left to play.
As time wound down, it looked like the Cougars would earn the win 1-0 with the end of regulation rapidly approaching. However, in the 89th minute, at 89:57 to be exact, Lindsay Halverson got Northwestern on the board, evening the score with an assist from Rebekah Kirby.
The Cougars and Eagles headed into overtime deadlocked at one apiece. Then in the extra session, in the 95th minute, Parker scored her second of the match - and her third of the weekend - notching the game winner with a scramble in front of the net. Parker found the ball and fired off a shot out of the crowd that beat the goal keeper.