MORRIS – The Minnesota Morris football team (1-5, 1-3 UMAC) rallied late but ultimately fell to the Northwestern Eagles (2-5, 2-3 UMAC), 23-13, Saturday night at Big Cat Stadium.
With 7:37 left in the first quarter, Payton Bowdry scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 6-0. Following the touchdown run, Blake Mitchell missed the extra point to keep the score at 6-0.
Bowdry then capped off a 13-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run with 10:18 left in the first half. After the touchdown, Mitchell connected on the extra point to give the Eagles a 13-0 lead.
As time expired in the first half, the Cougars had a touchdown pass called back due to offensive pass interference. The score remained 13-0 until Mitchell connected on a 31-yard field goal with 12:30 to play in the fourth quarter.
With 9:54 remaining in regulation, Drew Shipley scored on a three-yard touchdown run to put the Cougars on the board. UMN Morris was stopped on the two-point conversion.
On the next UMN Morris drive, Shipley then found Nathan Sheridan for a six-yard touchdown pass to bring the Cougars within three at 16-13 with 6:03 to play in regulation.
Damon Clapper threw a 15-yard touchdown to KJ Downey to put the Eagles up 23-13 with 2:50 to play.
Drew Shipley started his first game at quarterback for the Cougars, he finished the night 24-40 for 341 yards and touchdown pass. He recorded a 59-yard pass to Mark Chapman. Chapman caught six passes for 175 yards, while Branden Carlson caught nine passes for 108 yards.
Three Cougars tallied at least 10 tackles with Marcos Luna posting a 12-tackle night (six solo, six assists).
The Cougars host Westminster on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Big Cat Stadium. The game is slated for a noon start.
MORRIS – The Minnesota Morris volleyball team (12-10, 5-0 UMAC) made quick work of North Central (9-11, 1-4 UMAC) Saturday afternoon inside the Cougar Sports Center as the Cougars topped the Rams in three sets (25-2, 25-15, 25-13).
The Cougars set the tone early in the first set and went on to capture a 25-2 victory.
In set two, UMN Morris jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back en route to a 25-15 decision over North Central.
The Cougars continued to keep things rolling in set three as they scored the first nine points and finished the match with a 25-13 victory.
Morgan Miller had a game-high nine kills and she is now 14 kills from 1,000 in her career. Along with her nine kills, Miller recorded five blocks. Layne Herrmann tallied a game-high 22 assists, a game-high five aces and four digs on the afternoon, Alyssa Ukestad tallied a game-high 21 digs.
The Cougars have won five-straight matches, which includes three-straight sweeps.
SUPERIOR – The Minnesota Morris women’s soccer team (4-7-0, 2-4-0 UMAC) dropped a 2-0 decision to Wisconsin-Superior (6-7-2, 5-0-0 UMAC) on the road Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars allowed an own goal in the fifth minute to put the Yellowjackets in front, 1-0.
The game remained 1-0 until the 84th minute when Mackenzie Oehlerking converted a penalty kick attempt to make it 2-0, UW-Superior outshot Minnesota Morris, 9-8.
Bernadette Cienik made five saves on the afternoon, Sam Tate led the Cougars with three shot attempts.
ST. PETER – The Minnesota Morris women’s soccer team (4-8-0) closed out its weekend road trip with a 3-0 loss at Gustavus (4-11-0) Sunday afternoon.
Maddie McDermott scored her first goal of the day in the 34th minute to put the Gusties on the board, McDermott then put Gustavus up 2-0 in the 49th minute.
In the 71st minute, Kari Cammerrer netted a goal to make it a 3-0 contest in favor of Gustavus. Bernedette Ceinik made 12 saves in net for the Cougars.
Gustavus outshot UMN Morris, 35-2.
The Cougars will host Crown on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. Wednesday’s match will be the 2019 regular season home finale for the Cougars.
SUPERIOR – The Minnesota Morris men’s soccer team (4-13-0, 2-4-0 UMAC) dropped a 4-0 decision on the road at the Wisconsin-Superior (11-3-2, 7-0-0 UMAC) Saturday.
Esteban Badillo-Ramirez put the Yellowjackets on the board in the 32nd minute. Blake Perry scored his first goal of the day in the 51st minute to make it 2-0.
Less than a minute later, Miguel Ocampo made it a 3-0 contest. Perry capped off the scoring for the Yellowjackets with his second goal of the game in the 76th minute.
UW-Superior outshot Minnesota Morris, 31-3, Jake Peterson made 12 saves for the Cougars.
GRAND FORKS – The Minnesota Morris men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Ron Pynn Invite from Grand Forks on Saturday, with the women taking seventh, the men placed eighth.
The Cougar men tallied a team score of 222 points, led by Ryan Anderson with a 45th-place finish (28:22.20).
Joel Knopp finished 53rd with a time of 28:54.90, Benjamin Barnack took 61st with a time of 29:24.30, Edmund Cease finished ran a time of 29:44.80 to place 64th, and Raymond Abraham rounded out the scoring with a 71st-place finish (30:19.80).
The Cougar women had a team score of 189 points.
McKenna Langerud paced the Cougars with a 26th-place finish (18:55.5), Alexa Yeager ran to a 44th-place finish with her time of 20:00.7. Kaitlyn Ladwig completed the 5k course in 20:32.6 to place 53rd.
Taylor Prieve finished 73rd with her time of 22:55.6, and Sarah Best rounded out the scoring for the Cougars as she crossed the finish line in 23:00.3 to place 74th.