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Auggies stop Cougars' winning streak

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team put together a three-game winning streak, shutting out two Upper Midwest Athletic Conference teams, before suffering a 4-1 loss to Augsburg in non-conference play.

The Cougars wrapped up the first half of the UMAC schedule in third place with a 6-5-0 overall record and a 4-2-0 conference mark.

UM-Morris 3

Bethany 0

The Cougars kept up their high scoring ways Friday, earning a 3-0 win over Bethany Lutheran in UMAC action.

Freshman Christina Mollan scored the first of her two goals just 3:45 in, giving the Cougars a lead they would never lose. She was back at it less than 30 seconds later with a shot that was blocked by the defense, eventually getting her second score at the 26:40 mark.

Mollan scored on assists from Rachel Berns and Zoe Bergstrom and now has five goals on the season. For Berns, she records points for the second straight match, after getting her first career goal last weekend. Bergstrom notches her team-leading seventh assist on the season, after four in the Cougars' last game.

Leading scorer Leah Parker added the Cougars' third and final goal, scoring at the 50:38 mark on Berns' second assist of the game.

Parker now has six goals on the year and has recorded a point in three of the last four games.

The Cougars controlled the entire match, firing off 22 shots - including seven on goal - while the Vikings had just five total shots. Their 22 shots are the third most they've put up, and they have topped the 20 mark in four different matches.

The Cougars also lined up 13 corner kicks, while holding the Vikings to just one. It was the most corner kicks the Cougars have had this season, and the third time they've held their opponent to zero or just one corner.

UM-Morris 4

Martin Luther 0

The Cougars charted a 4-0 win over Martin Luther Saturday, their third consecutive multiple-goal game, with all coming in UMAC action.

Morris got their scoring from four different players, with a pair of goals in each half. Martin Luther used a pair of goalkeepers in the match, but it made little difference as the Cougars found the net on each.

Ally Heida opened the scoring just under 14:00 minutes in, netting her third goal of the season. Scoring leader Christina Mollan put the Cougars up 2-0 with her sixth goal of the year at the 32:58 mark, and the score would stand until the second half.

Zoe Bergstrom scored her second in the 61st minute, and Kelsi Kolle closed the scoring in the 80th minute with the first goal of her career.

The Cougars have now scored 14 goals in their last three games since being shut out by St. Scholastica on Sept. 23. Morris has registered multiple goals in seven of their 10 games this season, including six the last seven.

They have also posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season, and the first since early October last season.

The Cougars took 17 shots in the match while limiting the Knights to two, and held a 6-0 edge in corner kicks, the second time this season they've held an opponent without a corner.

Augsburg 4

UM-Morris 1

The Cougars dropped a 4-1 decision to Augsburg Tuesday in non-conference action at Cougar Field.

Augsburg got a pair of quick goals in the first half, opening the scoring in just the fourth minute. A long free kick into the box was mishandled by Cougar goalkeeper RiAnne Metz, and with a scrum of players in front of the net, the Auggie's Olivia Muyres was left open to knock the ball in for the score.

Less than 10 minutes later, Augsburg's Courtney Gamrath got the eventual game-winner, scoring on a long shot from out in front of the net that beat Metz to her right.

Morris was able to punch one in just before the end of the half, when Katie Kestner executed a perfect header off a Bergstrom corner at the 41:02 mark to pull the Cougars within one.

The Cougars were fortunate to go into the half down one, as Augsburg controlled much of the play, taking 14 shots in the period to just two for the Cougars. Metz kept the game close, charting seven of her 10 total saves in the first half, stopping several Auggie scoring chances.

Augsburg went up 3-1 with a Bri Clark goal at the 53:53 mark, before Brook Vroman added their final tally in the final minute, taking advantage of another loose ball.

The Cougars notched just five shots in the match, compared to 22 for the Auggies. The shot disparity is the widest for the Cougars since Hamline held a 23-4 edge in the second game of the season, while the 14 shots on goal is the most UMM has allowed all season.

Parker led the way with two shots, while reigning UMAC Player of the Week Mollan was held without a shot for the first time since Sept. 17, and just the third time all season. Metz's 10 saves tied a career high, matching her mark against St. Scholastica from Sept. 23.

The Cougars will get a nice long break to regroup, as they are off until Oct. 15 and 16 when they travel to Northland and St. Scholastica, respectively, beginning the second half of UMAC play. They will then return home on Oct. 20, hosting Northwestern at 1:30 p.m