UMM men split in opening weekend
UMM Sports Information
Morris, Minn. – The University of Minnesota, Morris mens soccer team lost a tough contest to St. John’s on Friday, Aug. 29 to open the Cougar season. On Saturday, Aug. 30, the Cougars found a way to win against Central College to end the week 1-1.
St. John’s 3, UM-Morris 0
The Cougars fell in their season opener to Saint John's last Friday afternoon at Cougar Field. The Cougars were unable to find a way to put the ball in the back of the net in the 3-0 shutout as the Johnnies scored a goal in the 27th minute to open up the scoring in the first half.
Saint John's had chances early in the match, but could not capitalize as the score remained tied at zero. The Johnnies did convert in the 27th minute as the ball fell at the feet of Zach Wright, who put a shot just under Cody Christ's hands. SJU had a 7-1 advantage in shots in the first half, but led just 1-0.
Devin Chuba nearly equalized in the opening few minutes of the second half but Kevin Lebahn came up big for the Johnnies in net. Saint John's tacked on a pair of second half goals to put the game away.
UM-Morris 1, Central College 0
The Minnesota Morris Cougars found a way to win despite being outshot 24-6 last Saturday afternoon.
Thanks to a penalty in the 105th minute, Shingo Yamane stepped into the spotlight confidently and sent the ball to lower right corner giving Morris a 1-0 win over Central College in the second overtime.
The game was a back and forth contest as both teams looked to gain some control early on. Central had the better of chances in the first half, but could not find a way to put the ball in the back of the net. Christ made two saves to keep the game tied.
The Dutch had more scoring chances in the second half, but again, could not control the run of play until the midway point of the second half. Even then, despite being in control of the match, they could not break through for the game-winning goal.
Central College had a few golden chances later in the second half, but Christ was big for the Cougars, keeping them in the game with a few nice saves. The Cougars nearly scored as time expired, but the shot went over the crossbar and the game went into overtime.
In the first overtime, both teams threatened to score, doing most of the work towards the end of the period, but once again could not capitalize on their efforts.
Early on in the second overtime, Aleksander Glavas nearly scored off a set piece for Central but Christ got a hand on the ball as it was bending underneath the cross bar and pushed it over. Just a couple minutes later, Austin Keller got ran over in the box trying to track down a cross and the referee issues a penalty kick for the Cougars. That is when Yamane stepped up and calmly lifted the Cougars to a 1-0 victory.
The next game for the Cougars is Sunday, Sept. 7 at Saint Olaf College, then the Cougars are off until the opening of the UMAC season in Mankato against Bethany Lutheran on Friday, Sept. 19.