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Cougar women open with East coast loss

A day after arriving on the East Coast, the University of Minnesota, Morris women’s soccer team fell 3-1 in the Cougars’ season opener against Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

The Cougars are coming off a second place finish in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in 2012 and are predicted to finish second this year based on coaches' vote.

The team returns All-UMAC performers Ally Heida, Rachael Berns and Kelsi Kolle. Dan Magner was the UMAC Coach of the Year in 2012 as well.

Minnesota Morris shut out opponents 11 times on the way to 12 victories.

The Cougars have a new net-minder this season as freshman Torri Jordan and Morgan Delaney battle for the spot in net.

"Both Torri and Morgan are very accomplished keepers,” explained Magner. “In soccer we need a keeper to make five or six big plays per match. Torri and Morgan have the ability to do just that."

Magner is also very excited about his crop of young talent working well with his accomplished returners so far in the preseason.

On Friday, the Cougars fell behind in the second minute of action when MCLA's Natalie Caney was able to beat Morgan Delaney up high in the left corner.

About 22 minutes later Caney struck again in almost the same place as her first goal.

Caney completed the hat trick in the 63rd minute as she took a through ball and beat Delaney down low.

Morris got on the board in the 80th minute when Madeline Youakim scored her first goal in her Cougar career.

Delaney finished with five saves, but Minnesota Morris could not complete the comeback.

The Cougars will play their first home match Sept. 15 against Wisconsin-Superior.

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