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Cougar men open season with 2 losses

The University of Minnesota, Morris men's soccer team will contend for another UMAC Championship in 2013. They finished just one goal short of a UMAC title and a chance to head to the NCAA tournament last season. They finished the season with a record of 12-8-2 and a conference record of 11-3-0.

Fourth year head coach Scott Turnbull welcomed back a majority of his team from 2012. Ebrima Badgie, Jacob Borash, John Hastings, and Willie Wachutka will help the Cougars get back to the UMAC championship game along with a chance for a bid to the NCAA tournament. Badgie and Borash were both first team UMAC selections last year. Badgie led the team with 33 points on 15 goals and three assists. He finished second in the UMAC in goals scored and fourth in points. Borash was in his first season with the Cougars as the starting goal keeper. He had seven shutouts, averaged one goal allowed per match, and finished with an 8-7-1 record. Both Hastings and Wachutka were named to Honorable Mention by the UMAC last season. Hastings finished the year with 12 points and four assists. Wachutka was second on the team in minutes played and helped the Cougars defense throughout the season.

The Cougars welcome in 10 new faces to the team and the coaching staff hopes that they can make an immediate impact to the team as well as add depth to a team selected to finish second in the UMAC.

St. John’s 5, UM-Morris 1

St. John's jumped out early as they handed the Cougars a 5-1 loss in their season opener on Friday, Aug. 30.

Ebrima Badgie scored his 22nd goal for the Cougars.

The Johnnies were able to take a two-goal lead into the half after a goal in the 26th minute, as the ball hit the crossbar and went in. St. John's doubled that lead with goals in the 56th and 59th minutes to put the game out of reach.

Badgie netted his goal in the 64th minute when Matthew Bennis found Matt Vik, before Vik crossed a ball that Badgie headed into the back of the net. SJU added a goal in the 75th minute to make the final score 5-1.

Concordia 2, UM-Morris 0

The Cougars dropped their home opener 2-0 to Concordia University-Wisconsin on Sunday  to fall to 0-2-0 on the young season. It was the start of seven straight home matches for the Cougars.

The Cougars had the first scoring chance of the match as Matt Vik saw his early opportunity snatched up by the Falcons keeper. In the sixth minute of play Nicolas Bocanegra converted on a free kick from about 30 yards out to put CUW on top. The two teams had a few more chances in the first half, but could not score as Concordia took the 1-0 lead into the break.

Vik had another chance in the second half, but was stopped again by Eric Vogel, who picked up the cleansheet in the victory, stopping three UMM shots.

Josiah Ochoa scored the second goal of the match for Concordia as he took advantage of a rare mistake by the Morris defense. Shingo Yamane tried to play the ball back to freshman keeper Matthew Yost, but the volley attempt out from Yost fell at the feet of Ochoa. Ochoa wasted no time and struck a ball low in the corner to make it 2-0 in the 67th minute. Yost finished the game with five saves.

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