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Cougar women split UMAC home matches

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team split a pair of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference contests, losing in overtime to St. Scholastica and defeating Northland 7-1.

Morris pulls its record even on the season at 4-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in UMAC play.

St. Scholastica 1

UM-Morris 0

The Cougars took St. Scholastica to overtime Friday, Sept. 23, but the Saints scored less than five minutes into the extra session for the game's only score and the 1-0 win. With the win the Saints stay undefeated on the season at 5-4-0 overall and 4-0 in the UMAC.

The Saints capitalized on the only shot of the extra session, with Kelsey Kehtel scoring off a corner kick from Logan Williamson. The Saints controlled much of the play in the game - taking 10 first-half shots in their way to 19 - but were held out of the net until the game's final play.

The Cougars were not without chances though, as they fired off nine total shots in the game, including six in an action-packed first half. The nine shots were the most allowed by the Saints in four UMAC games, and the most by a non-MIAC opponent all season.

Katie Kestner and Rachel Berns led the Cougars with three shots apiece, with Kestner providing a near miss to put the Cougars ahead in the second half. Early in the period, the Cougars were forcing play down in the Saint zone, earning one of their five corners in the match.

Zoe Bergstrom lined up the corner and sent a beautiful serve in front of the net for Kestner. Kestner out-jumped the defense to get her head on the ball, but sent it just over the cross bar and the game remained scoreless.

The Cougars' final chance came with 11 minutes left, when the last of Berns' three shots went wide.

The Saints had 11 of their shots go on goal, the most the Cougars have allowed this season. UMM goalkeeper RiAnne Metz finished with 10 saves in the match, a career high for the junior and a season high for the Cougars.

UM-Morris 7

Northland 1

The Cougars snapped out of their two-game losing streak Sunday, piling up the goals in a 7-1 win over Northland at Cougar Field.

Leah Parker led the charge with her second career hat trick, and now leads the team with five goals on the season. She scored twice off textbook headers in the first half, and again late in the second off a brilliant feed from Crystal Zastrow.

Northland at 1-6-0 overall is still searching for its first UMAC win of the season.

Taylor Meehan opened the scoring with her third on the year in just the game's second minute, scoring off a beautiful cross from Zoe Bergstrom. Bergstrom had a breakaway up the right sideline before passing to a sprinting Meehan for the score.

Bergstrom finished with a career-high four assists in the match, the most for any Cougar since Andre Carroll-Franck also did it Oct. 17, 2006.

Christina Mollan also scored her third of the year, getting the eventual game-winner at the 20:02 mark. Rachel Berns and Sarah Timpane each scored their first of the season to round out the scoring.

The LumberJills were able to avoid the shutout when Ashley Runge scored on a high floater over the out stretched hand of Cougar goalkeeper RiAnne Metz at the 55:23 mark.

Metz finished with three saves in the match, but was largely unchallenged as the Cougar offense controlled play for most of the match.

The Cougars took 23 shots in the match, their second highest total of the season, while allowing 10, but only four on goal, one of their lowest tallies on the year.

After dropping back-to-back one-goal games in their previous two contests, the Cougars will take the momentum from the win on the road for their next four matches as they continue UMAC play.