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Cougar women finish regular season in fourth place

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team split a pair of road matches to end the regular season. The Cougars defeated Martin Luther Friday, but fell to Bethany Lutheran on Saturday, to finish the regular season in fourth place in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

UM-Morris 3

Martin Luther 2

The Cougars won for the fifth time in their last seven matches Friday, claiming a 3-2 win over Martin Luther.

Liz Vold got the scoring started early for the Cougars, with a goal in just the fifth minute.

Unfortunately, it wouldn't stand for long, as less that 10 minutes later the Knights tied it up, and in the 20th minute took their first lead at 2-1.

Martin Luther didn't have their lead for long, as Leah Parker made it a tie match in the 31st minute. UMM used eight shots and six corner kicks in the first half for the tie.

Early in the second half, Parker got back on the board, scoring the game-winner on an assist from Melissa Denler. Parker fired off five shots, making the two that landed on frame count in giving the Cougars the win.

Bethany 1

UM-Morris 0

The Cougars gave up a goal in the final five minutes of the first half Saturday, as they fell 1-0 to host Bethany Lutheran to end the regular season.

The Cougars out-shot the Vikings 9-6 in the match, but were bettered 4-2 in shots on goal. In the first half alone, the Cougars held a 7-4 edge in shots, but put just one on frame as the Vikings worked for the lead.

With the first half winding down, Bethany Lutheran made one count, scoring in the 42nd minute for the 1-0 lead.  Kelli Kitzmann used a pair of assists to beat Cougar goalkeeper Emily Jacob for the eventual game-winner.

UMM got multiple shots from four different players, including a match-high three from Katie Kestner, but struggled to convert.