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Berns' goal in OT gives Cougars win

It took over 97 minutes, but the University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team pulled out a 1-0 victory in the first overtime against visiting Crown in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) action Saturday.

With the win the Cougars improve to 8-6-1 overall, 6-3-1 in the UMAC. Morris outshot Crown 28-1, including 13 on goal, finally punching one in at the 97:06 mark when Rachel Berns finished off a cross into the box from Meghan Laird.

It's the second goal of the season for Berns, and her first game-winner. She finished with a career-high nine shots as the Cougars owned the possession all game. Christina Mollan and Katie Kestner each finished with four shots, as six different Cougars posted multiple attempts in the match.

The Cougars posted a season-high 14 corners as well, creating several nice chances, with shots and headers going high or wide, or right to Storm goalkeeper Hillary Brondsema. Brondsema finished with 12 saves, doing all she could to keep her team in the game.

The Cougars fired off 16 shots in the second half alone, including seven over a six-minute span with two corners mixed in late in the match.

In the extra session the Cougars kept the pressure on, taking three shots within 70 seconds, before Berns won it in the 98th minute.

The win, coupled with a Martin Luther loss, secures a UMAC tournament berth for the Cougars, but with St. Scholastica winning, the Cougars are also officially denied a chance at hosting a first-round game.

With two games this week, they can secure a third-place finish, starting when Martin Luther visits Morris on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Kickoff with the Knights is at 12 p.m.