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Cougar men open UMAC play with split

The University of Minnesota, Morris split the first weekend of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference men’s soccer, with a 2-0 win over Northland and a 2-1 loss to St. Scholastica.

UM-Morris 2, Northland 0

The Cougars started the UMAC season off right with a 2-0 win over Northland Friday afternoon. William Wachutka had both of the Cougar goals, as UMM used a 10-minute burst to gain the lead.

The Cougars dominated the match, but Northland's goal keeper Colton Schreyer had a wonderful performance stopping 11 shots and keeping the Cougars at bay several times.

In the 25th minute Matthew Bennis found Wachutka in the box. Wachutka sent a shot near the far post and it trickled off the post and in. In the 36th minute of play

Ebrima Badgie fought off three defenders and hit Wachutka about 12 yards out. Wachutka took advantage of the open net and struck the ball into the back of the net.

Minnesota Morris finished with 23 shots and only yielded two. UMM had 12 corners and did not yield one to the Lumberjacks.

St. Scholastica 2, UM-Morris 1

In another tough match with the St. Scholastica Saints, Minnesota Morris fell in overtime 2-1.

Ebrima Badgie scored early to put UMM up one. In the ninth minute of play Shingo Yamane crossed the ball to Badgie. Badgie took one touch to his right and struck a ball in the bottom corner of the net.

The Saints won a penalty in the 20th minute, but Jacob Borash pushed the shot wide keeping UMM on top.

St. Scholastica tied the match up in the 32nd minute as Sean Morgan finished off a cross.

After a silent 45 minutes of play the match went into overtime. In the 96th minute the Saints had a shot saved, but the ball stayed alive and was finished off giving the Saints the win.

Next up for the Cougars will be a pair of road matches. They will take on Martin Luther Friday and then they will take on Bethany Lutheran on Saturday.