The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team went 0-2 against UW-Superior to end the 2018 campaign 6-10-1 overall. The Cougars fell 2-0 to the Yellowjackets in the regular season finale Saturday, Oct. 27, in Morris, then dropped a 5-4 game in the quarterfinal round of the UMAC tournament on Monday, Oct. 29, in Superior.
UW-Superior 2, UM-Morris 0
There was a lot on the line Saturday, Oct. 27 for the Minnesota Morris women's soccer team. A win and the Cougars would automatically secure a UMAC postseason berth. A loss for UMM would depend on other game results for the postseason berth. The Cougars did fall to UW-Superior, 2-0, at the Cougar Soccer Field in Morris, but did receive a playoff berth with a Bethany Lutheran loss to St. Scholastica.
It was a tightly contested first half Saturday. The Cougars held a 7-5 edge in total shots, but neither team could crack the scoreboard in a scoreless first 45 minutes.
The Yellowjackets took advantage of a pair scoring chances in the second half. Claire Smith and Annah Schussman assisted on a Sarah Fjeran goal in the 52nd minute. Schussman fed Kaylie Johnson with a long pass in the 67th minute to give UWS a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars outshot the Yellowjackets 16-8 in the contest. Bailey Tschida made five saves in net for the Cougars.
Minnesota Morris finishes the regular season with a 6-10 overall record and 6-6 mark in the UMAC.
UW-Superior 5, UM-Morris 4
For the second time in three days, Minnesota Morris and UW-Superior met on the women's soccer pitch. Saturday's game ended the regular season and the contest Monday, Oct. 29 opened UMAC postseason play. The game could not be decided through two 45-minute sessions nor two 10-minute overtimes with neither team scoring. Penalty kicks decided a winner and it was UW-Superior who came out victorious, 5-4, in a UMAC quarterfinal contest.
UW-Superior advances to face St. Scholastica in the UMAC semifinals Wednesday while the Cougars' season comes to a close.
The Cougars had three scoring chances in the first half, but all three were saved by UWS' goalkeeper Madison Gutekunst. They then outshot the Yellowjackets 11-3 in the second half, but again, nothing was able to get into the net. UMM held a 16-9 advantage in total shots and 8-4 edge in shots on goal. Bailey Tschida made saves on all four shots she faced throughout the 110 minutes.
Even the penalty kick-shootout needed extra time as the teams were tied at four a piece through five attempts. UWS connected on their sixth try, while UMM's attempt hit the crossbar, ending the contest.
Minnesota Morris ends their season with a 6-10-1 record.