Soccer looks to bounce back this weekend

The team is set to face-off against two tough matchups with Minot State and the University of Mary coming to town.

Aaron Young
Staff Writer

Minnesota State soccer is ready to grace the field once again, while searching for redemption this weekend after coming off a 1-1 tie with St. Cloud State. The team has two games ready to take place in Mankato this weekend, just in time for Homecoming. 

This Friday, the Mavericks will face off against the University of Mary Marauders here in Mankato at 3 p.m., and then will follow that up with a Sunday matchup against the Minot State Beavers at noon.

The University of Mary Marauders come into Friday 8th in the NSIC standings, with a record of 2-2-1 in the conference.

Gage Cureton | MSU Reporter

Based on record alone, the Mavs look to be the favorites heading into this matchup, but as we’ve seen in years past, records can be deceiving, as Mary has shown this season that they’re able to still compete with a lot of the teams in this conference. 

Mavericks’ other opponent, the Minot State Beavers, will also be a tough opponent for the Mavericks going into Sunday. The Beavers have been able to compete with the big teams this season, with five of their last six games being decided by one goal or less this season. They go into Sunday look to steal one from the Mavericks.

Before the Mavericks tied with the Huskies, they were on a 3-game winning streak where they scored 8 goals and only gave up 1.

So far this season, the team has given up 5 goals this year in 10 games, averaging 2 goals against them per game.

Gage Cureton | MSU Reporter

Senior forward Julia Zach continues to be the center piece for the Mavericks this year. The senior leads the team in goals, 3, points with 8, and 25 shots. In addition to her individual success, she has two assists. Other impact players include Dakota Wendell and Molly Riley, each with 3 goals on the season as well.

The defense also has been an integral part to the team’s success. Each part of the team needs to be performing well in order for them to reach success.

Goalkeeper Alexa Rabune will also be a key to the Maverick soccer team’s success come Friday. The goalkeeper was stellar in the tie against the Huskies, and has been solid throughout the year. 

When the team performs well, it reflects in the standings. They are third in the NSIC, being 5-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in the conference.

The team will head into Friday with the fans behind and a statement to make. Be sure to be there to see our girls hit the turf and get ready for another Maverick soccer game.

Feature photo by Gage Cureton | MSU Reporter.

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