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MEN’S SOCCER
MORRIS, Minn. – Senior Alex Keller scored early for Minnesota Morris and the Cougar defense kept Crown off the scoreboard in a 1-0 win Wednesday in UMAC men’s soccer action at the Cougar Soccer Field.

Keller’s goal came in the 10th minute of the contest. He picked up a loose ball from just outside of the box and laced a shot into the right side of the net for the early Cougar advantage.

Both teams had chances throughout the remaining 80 minutes, but UMM’s Jake Peterson and Crown’s Eli Etzel stood their ground to keep their respective teams in the contest.

The Cougars outshot the Storm 14-9 and held an 8-1 edge in shots on goal.

Minnesota Morris (2-6-2, 2-1-1 in UMAC) finishes off their four-game homestand Saturday when they entertain North Central at 4:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
MORRIS, Minn. – Minnesota Morris broke open a one-goal game at halftime by collecting three second half goals in gaining a 4-0 shutout win over Crown Wednesday in UMAC women’s soccer action at the Cougar Soccer Field.

The game appeared to be going into halftime with a scoreless tie. In the final minute of the half, Crown was called for a hand ball in the box which awarded a penalty kick for the Cougars. Senior Yu Ito walked up to the ball and delivered a strike in the lower right corner of the net to give UMM a 1-0 going into the break.

The Cougars pummeled the Crown goalkeeper with shot after shot in both halves. They held a 26-2 shot advantage in the first half and 19-3 shot edge in the second.

Three of UMM’s shots in the second half reached the back of the net. Grace Penke was first up as she took a nice header pass from Shannon Young directly to her right foot and delivered in the right side of the net for a 2-0 lead in the 60th minute. Seven minutes later, Ito scored again off a nice feed in front from Megan Ellingboe for a 3-0 lead. In the final minutes, the Cougars connected on another penalty kick, this time with Hannah Pedderson doing the honors to close out the scoring.

Bailey Tschida made three saves in net for the Cougars. Minnesota Morris (2-6, 2-2 in UMAC) remains at home to face North Central Saturday at 2 p.m.

 

VOLLEYBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – Minnesota Morris used the momentum from Tuesday’s night win into a pair of sweeps Wednesday in wins over St. Scholastica and North Central as part of a UMAC volleyball triangular at the UMM PE Center.

Against St. Scholastica, the Cougars trailed 17-15 in the opening set before using a three-point spurt to take an 18-17 lead. The Saints would tie the set at 19 before the Cougars rattled off six straight to claim the opener 25-19. Tori Everson, Brenna Tinjum, and Mia Frick all delivered kills to close off the set.

The Cougars fell behind again in the second set as the Saints jumped out to a 9-3 lead. That was quickly evaporated by a Cougar 7-0 run. Rachel Mathias started and ended the spurt with kills. After CSS tied it at 10, the Cougars went on a 5-0 run to take control of the frame. Everson delivered a kill and a service ace as part of a 3-0 stretch at the end that gave UMM a 25-18 set win.

The third set was different as the Cougars gain an early edge and never relinquished in claiming a 25-19 set and match win. Morgan Miller smashed back-to-back kills to close it out.

Everson led with 13 kills. Layne Herrmann totaled 34 assists and Alyssa Ukestad led with 10 digs.

The Cougars made quick work of the Rams with a straight sets 25-10, 25-6, 25-21 win. The Cougars trailed 21-19 in the third set before closing out the match with six straight points. Everson delivered three kills in the stretch.

Minnesota Morris (11-8, 6-2 in UMAC) remains at home to face Bethany Lutheran Saturday at 3 p.m. at the PE Center.

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