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Women's soccer erupts for five goals in win over Yellow Jackets

Zoe Bergstrom and Leah Parker each scored two goals as the University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team rode an offensive wave to a 5-1 win over the University of Wisconsin, Superior Monday.

Playing on the road, the Cougars' Parker opened the scoring just 9:16 into the match, giving UMM the early 1-0 lead, and their first lead of the 2010 season. The goal was the first of two for Parker, who added an insurance goal later in the match, giving the Cougars a 3-1 lead.

Before the first half was over, the Yellow Jackets had evened the score, tying the match at one apiece in the 27th minute. Despite a combined 17 shots in the period, the two teams went to halftime knotted at 1-1.

Cougar goalkeeper Emily Jacob made four saves in the first half to preserve the tie, before finishing with six on the day.

As the second half opened up, the Cougars struck quickly, as Katie Kestner notched the game-winner on a penalty kick. At the 51:34 mark of the game UMM had the lead for good. Then less than 10 minutes later Parker had her second of the day, with an assist from Bergstrom.

The point from Bergstrom was the first of five on the day for the freshman, before she closed the game's scoring. The first goals of her career, Bergstrom would net a pair of scores less than 10 minutes apart. First at 67:55, and again at 75:10 to lead to the final 5-1 final.

Shots were an even 7-7 in the second half, but UMM finished one better with a 16-15 advantage for the match. The Cougars also bettered the Yellow Jackets in corners with four to UW-Superior's two.

Now with a win under their belt, the Cougars are 1-2 on the season, and will return to action on Sept. 11 and 12 in St. Paul.