Cougar women still in race for post-season tourney
The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team split a pair of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference games, but stays alive in the race to the post-season tournament.
At 7-8-2 on the season and 6-4-2 in conference play, the Cougars will look to get back to the .500 mark this weekend when they travel to Martin Luther for a 3:30 p.m. match on Friday. They will then wrap up the regular season Saturday at Bethany Lutheran.
The win keeps the Cougars in a good spot to land the fourth and final spot in the UMAC tournament, which starts on Nov. 2.
The Cougars suffered a 1-0 loss to Northwestern Friday, as an Eagle corner kick provided the difference.
The two teams went into halftime deadlocked at 0-0, but it was not for a lack of chances. The Cougars fired off five shots in the first half, while the Eagles came out shooting as well and notched five in the first 45 minutes.
The Cougars also had six first-half corner kicks, compared to just three for Northwestern. The Eagles also had three corners in the second half, which ultimately was what did the Cougars in. At the 66:59 mark, a play that began as a Northwestern corner resulted in the match's only score.
The Cougars continued to pressure the Eagles, with eight more shots in the second half, but all 11 of their shots on goal were stopped as UMM lost their second straight.
Leah Parker led the way with four shots, while she and Rachel Harstad each had three shots on goal. In the net, Emily Jacob stopped four shots in the loss.
The Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday, winning 2-0 over host Crown.
The Cougars put the heat on early, outshooting the Storm 22-1 in the first half, and got early results with both goals coming in the first period.
After dominating the play early, Parker got the Cougars on the board with an unassisted tally at 20:12. It was her team-leading 10th goal of the season - and third game-winner - and puts her in the team scoring lead with 22 points, two ahead of Zoe Bergstrom with 20.
The Cougars kept the pressure on and logged five more shots over the next five minutes, including a pair that went off the post from Katie Kestner and Parker.
After her near miss, Kestner left no doubt on her next attempt, finding the back of the net to put the Cougars up 2-0. It was Kestner's fifth goal of the season, and moves her season point total to 11.
The Cougars scaled back the pressure in the second half, taking just eight shots, and finished with a 30-3 edge over the Storm. Sixteen of their shots landed on goal keeping the Storm netminder busy as Merissa Mosher finished with 14 saves.
Jacob had a light day between the pipes, facing just one shot on goal in logging her sixth shutout of the season.
Crown falls to just 3-12-0 on the season and 2-9-0 in league action.