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Women's soccer falls 3-2 to Eagles

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team lost 3-2 to Northwestern on Saturday, on a goal with just 29 seconds left, but not until after the Cougars scored twice in the previous minutes to tie the match at 2-2.

Playing at Mounds View High School, Northwestern's Lauren Cloepe scored late in the first half and midway through the second, putting the Eagles up 2-0, a lead that would hold up until the final minutes.

Undeterred, Morris kept fighting and an aggressive play from Rachel Berns led to her being fouled in the box, setting up a penalty kick and a chance for the Cougars to pull within one. Ally Heida had her number called, and delivered at 84:56, scoring her second penalty kick goal of the season.

Playing one of their best offensive games of the season, the Cougars continued to battle, kept working, and with superior passing and possession tied the game at the 87:21 mark.

Katie Kestner sent a long free kick from midfield into the box, and a crazy scramble took place. Eventually Leah Parker flicked the ball with her head and Meghan Laird beat the keeper to it and headed it in for the tying score.

Despite the momentum, Northwestern had just enough to score one last time before regulation ran out, putting in the game-winning goal at the 89:31 mark.

The shots were even in the match, with the Cougars finishing with seven, to the Eagles' eight. Corners were identical, as each team took three in the second half, after none were recorded in the first.

Morris falls back to 3-3 on the season, with a 1-1 record in UMAC play, while Northwestern improves to 2-0 in league action, while also 3-3 overall.

The Cougars return home next weekend as they continue UMAC play, hosting St. Scholastica at 4 p.m. on Friday Sept. 23, and Northland at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept