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Cougar women start 1-2 in soccer

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team started the season with a win, but dropped the next two matches to fall to 1-2 on the season.

UM-Morris 2

North Central 0

The Cougars scored once in each half and held North Central scoreless Sept. 2.

Taylor Meehan recorded the first goal of the season at 38:55 of the first half. Zoe Bergstrom was credited with the assist.

Leah Parker added an unassisted insurance point at 76:40 of the second half

Hamline 4

UM-Morris 0

The Cougars matched up with an offensive minded Hamline squad on Sept. 3, falling 4-0 on the road.

Hamlin scored twice in each half, with the first two goals coming just four minutes apart in the first, at 24:35 and 28:45. Then in the second, they put in their third of the day at 65:47, with the final score coming in the game's final 10 minutes at 83:04.

The Cougars were only able to manage four shots in the match, while the Pipers had the offense in overdrive, totaling 23, including nine on goal. Hamline also took three corner kicks in the game, while holding Morris to none.

Ally Heida led the way with two shots, landing each on goal, while Katie Kestner and Leah Parker each tallied a shot. In all, 23 players saw time on the field for the Cougars.

RiAnne Metz suffered the loss in goal, playing 87:09, before giving way in the final minutes for Raquel Mazur to get some game action.

Central 1

UM-Morris 0

The Cougars, played over 95 minutes of scoreless soccer on Sept. 5, but a single goal in the 96th minute was enough to lift Central (Iowa) to a 1-0 victory.

Central's Alayna Bailey scored the game's only goal at 95:26, making good on her third shot of the day.

Morris amassed 12 shots, led by four from Parker. An early header from Parker went wide, while twice she had shots blocked by the defense. Just one of her shots made it into the keeper's hands, which was one of only two shots on goal for the Cougars.

Central took 13 shots in the match, and found their target more often, with five going on goal. Morris goalkeeper Metz finished with four saves, just one off her career-high five, from Sept. 3.

The overtime loss is the first for the Cougars in over a year, as they went 2-0-2 last season when playing over 90:00 minutes.

Morris will look to get back on the winning track when they play their home opener today (Saturday) against UW-Superior at 1 p.m. on Cougar Field. The Cougar men will follow after at 3 p.m.