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Women's soccer team tops Knights, 2-0

MORRIS - The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team won for the second  straight time Wednesday, scoring a 2-0 victory over visiting Martin Luther.

The Cougars are now 9-6-1 overall and 7-3-1 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

Goals in each half told the tale, as Meghan Laird scored 14 minutes into the game to put Morris up 1-0, and Crystal Zastrow scored in the 73rd minute to put the game away. The win surpasses last season's win total of eight, while tying their UMAC mark of seven wins in three fewer games.

The Cougars went nearly 68 minutes without allowing a shot to Martin Luther, while taking 29 of their own.

Laird got the Cougars on the board by putting in a rebound off the crossbar, finishing off an attack that started with a shot from Rachel Berns.

After nearly 50 minutes of scoreless play, Zastrow added the insurance, scoring an Abby-Wambach-esce header off a perfectly placed corner kick from Zoe Bergstrom.

Bergstrom took 12 of the Cougars' season-high 19 corners, sending in several serves that led directly to shots for the Cougars, with the attempts going just wide or high until Zastrow finally finished one.

UMM allowed just two shots to the Knights, with each coming from their leading scorer Bethany Schultz. It was the fifth time the Cougars have allowed five or fewer shots, and for the seventh time allowed two or fewer shots on goal.

The Cougars will close out the regular season this Saturday, Oct. 29, back on Cougar field when they host Bethany Lutheran in their "Kick It To Cancer" day.  It will also be senior day, and kickoff is set for 12 p.m.