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Men top Northwestern at Cougar Field

MORRIS - The University of Minnesota, Morris men's soccer team got a key victory Thursday, defeating the Eagles of Northwestern 3-1.

For the third time in four games the Cougars scored multiple goals, getting on the board early with John Hastings' first goal of the season in the 17th minute. After a Northwestern foul down in the Morris zone, the serve in ricocheted off an Eagle player and off the cross bar, before coming back to Hastings who headed it in for the game's first goal.

The Cougars were able to add to the lead later in the first half when Toby Glaser scored his fourth goal of the season. Playing near to the top-center of the box, Glaser took a centering pass from Michael Ward and beat the keeper for the eventual game-winner. The assist was the first of the season for Ward, and the second of his career.

The Eagles, though, were able to get on the board and cut the lead in half with an Edgar Renteria goal early in the second half.

Then, with the game 2-1 in their favor, the Cougars were able to put in a third goal to seal the game. This time it was a streaking Ward who was able to get past the Eagle defense, and finish off a pass from William Wachutka, putting it underneath the keeper in the 80th minute.

Defense was a big part of the game as there were only 10 shots on goal, while the teams combined for 27 fouls and four yellow cards.

Morris has now won both meetings against Northwestern this year, and has won six of the past seven overall.