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Women's games end in stalemates

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team played to two stalemates with ties against Bethany Lutheran and Martin Luther.

Since the opening of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference play, UMM has won back-to-back, lost back-to-back, and now tied back-to-back games.

At 3-6-2 and 2-2-2 in UMAC play, the Cougars will look to get back in the win column Friday when they host Presentation at 1:30 p.m.

UM-Morris 0

Bethany 0

While hosting Bethany Lutheran College Friday at Cougar Field, the Cougars' game ended in a 0-0 double-overtime draw. In a tough defensive battle, the Cougars were able to make their chances, outshooting the Vikings 17-8 in the match.

UMM was outshot 3-2 in the first half, but controlled the play to the tune of a 9-5 shot advantage in the second half. At the end of scoreless regulation, the Cougars kept the pressure, taking six shots to the Vikings' none in the two extra sessions.

Bethany Lutheran was kept in the game by goalkeeper Alexa Mowrey, who came up with six big saves. She made three saves in overtime, including two in the second overtime, to preserve the shutout and tie.

Cougar goalkeeper Emily Jacob netted her second shutout of the season, with both coming in conference play as she held Crown off the board in the opening weekend. However, the story of the day was the defense that limited the Viking offense to just two shots that reached Jacob.

On the other end, the offense was paced by Leah Parker and Zoe Bergstrom as it had been all year. The junior-freshman combo, teamed up for seven shots, and five of the Cougars' six shots on goal. 

Parker, the team leader in shots and goals, took a game-high four shots, while Bergstrom had a game-high three shots on goal, watching all of her attempts reach the net.

The Cougars also held a distinct edge in corners with a 10-3 advantage, but also out-fouled the Vikings by a 12-6 edge.

UM-Morris 1

Martin Luther 1

The Cougars notched their second straight tie Saturday, coming back for a 1-1 draw with Martin Luther.

Martin Luther scored first, but held a 1-0 lead for just moments as UMM answered just seven minutes later.  Trailing 1-0, the Cougars' Meghan Laird was able to corral a loose ball in front of the net and slip it past the Knight goalkeeper for the tying score.

The goal for the Cougars was a long time coming, as they grossly outshot the Knights to the tune of a 28-6 advantage. In controlling the play, UMM also took 20 corner kicks, to just two for MLC.

The Cougars had five corners in the first five minutes, and kept the pressure on for the remainder of the match. They finished with nine in the first half and added seven in the second and four in overtime on their way to 20.

The Cougars had 23 shots, and five in overtime, racking up 28. The Knights were held to three, two, and one shots in the first half, second half, and overtime respectively, but put five of the six shots on goal.

Rachel Harstad led the Cougars and notched a game-high eight shots, as well as three on goal which tied with Laird for the game high.

Four different Cougars finished with four or more shots, including five from Zoe Bergstrom