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Waiting two weeks to play their first home game, the University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team treated the Cougar faithful well Saturday, posting a 4-1 win over Wisconsin-Superior on Cougar Field.

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Freshman Christina Mollan scored twice - including the game winner - to lead the charge, as three different Cougars found the net.

Morris got on the board first with a Leah Parker strike just 12 minutes into the match. The senior perfectly played a Yellow Jacket goal kick, and shot from about 10 yards out for her second goal of the season.

She was assisted by Mollan on the play, the first of the freshman's five points.

The 1-0 score held through halftime, but at the 52:33 mark, it was again a misguided goal kick from UW-Superior that led to good fortune for Morris. Mollan charged the keeper and played the ball off her body. The ricochet came back hard at the keeper, going off her hands and into the post before spinning back into the goal.

Mollan then put the Cougars up 3-0 at the 69:56 mark, scoring off a corner kick from Zoe Bergstrom.

At the 80:50 mark, a penalty kick from Ally Heida sealed the 4-1 win, but not before the Yellow Jackets made it interesting.

UWS got on the board at the 71:17 mark, bringing the score to 3-1, and kept the pressure on immediately after. A header went wide and corner was served into the box, but the Cougar defense held firm, quieting the Yellow Jackets' biggest threat.

Now with an even mark on the year at 2-2, the Cougars will look to get over the .500 mark when they open Upper Midwest Athletic Conference  (UMAC) play this weekend. They must do so on the road though, as they travel to Crown on Friday and play Northwestern in Arden Hills on Saturday at Mounds View High School.

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