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Cougars fall to two tough teams at home

Torri Jordan makes a save against Augsburg College on Monday, Sept. 1 at Cougar Field in Morris. Jordan made six saves in the 1-0 loss to Augsburg.

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The University of Minnesota, Morris Cougar women’s soccer team fell to two tough teams in Central College and Augsburg in the long weekend, ending the opening week 0-2.

Central College 4, UM-Morris 0

Central College controlled the Cougars offense for most of the afternoon on Saturday, Aug. 30 en route to a 4-0 defeat of Minnesota Morris. UMM was outshot 15-3 in the contest.

Emily Saville got the Dutch off on the right foot, scoring on the Cougars in just the third minute of play. She added her second goal of the afternoon about 25 minutes later, putting Central up 2-0. Felicia Roppe tacked on a goal before half, giving Central the 3-0 lead at the break.

The Cougars played better in the final 45 minutes, but could not break through the Central defense. Emily Benson scored in the 60th minute for Central putting the game on ice.

Torri Jordan had four saves in the net for UMM.

Augsburg 1, UM-Morris 0

On Monday, Sept. 1, the Cougars faced Augsburg, a team that came into the contest averaging nine goals per match. That did not seem to intimidate UMM. The Cougars battled hard against the Auggies, showing great resolve after falling 4-0 to Central College on Saturday afternoon. Until late in the game, the match was tied at zero thanks to goalkeeper Jordan and her six saves in the contest. An 87th minute header by the Auggies' Marie Fitzgerald proved to be the difference in the match as Augsburg.

Augsburg came in to the contest looking to score early for the third straight match, scoring in the opening minute in both matches this past week. UMM turned it on them early, controlling a decent amount of possession in the opening five minutes of play. Jordan made a few saves in the minutes following but the Cougars only allowed three more shots on net the rest of the half. Lindsay Clay had her shot saved 12th minute – it was the Cougars only shot on goal in the entire match.

There were some nervous moments for the Cougars in the middle portion of the second half but the defense and Jordan kept the Auggies off the board. The Minnesota Morris defense did well making sure Augsburg did not get a lot of great looks on net and blocked two shots in the second half.

In the 87th minute, Molly Allen hit a cross across the frame of goal and it found the head of Fitzgerald who put it past Jordan for the lone goal in the match and the 1-0 Auggie victory.

The Cougars host Hamline on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. at Cougar Field, then travel to the University of Wisconsin, Superior on Sunday, Sept. 7.

Brooke Kern

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