Minnesota State women’s soccer continued its winning streak, as they took on No. 4 University of Central Missouri and No. 1 Grand Valley State University over the weekend – opening their home season successfully. They have now extended their home winning record to 35 games after last week.
This successful weekend for all MSU sports, frankly, started off with a 2-0 win for Maverick soccer against the No. 4 ranked Central Missouri.
While both teams had almost an equal amount of shots throughout the game (14 for UCM and 18 for MSU), the Mavericks came out on top.
After an uneventful first half, Mankato was able to score right before halftime. A pass from junior Molly Riley to freshman Tia Martin allowed for Martin to score her first career goal by kicking the ball past the far-left post into the net.
The Mavericks then scored again after only 7 minutes into the second half. This time sophomore Brynn Desens was able to make the shot, assisted by senior Alesha Duccini.
Senior Alexa Rabune and the rest of the team then continued to defend the goal for the remainder of the game. Rabune would make all four saves, wrapping up her second shutout of the season.
The second game of the weekend for Maverick soccer had MSU fighting hard, as No. 1 Grand Valley State outshot them by 17. However, the Lakers eventually remained scoreless and Mankato was able to triumph late in the game.
In the 85th minute of the game, sophomore forward Jenny Vetter was able to score for the Mavericks with help from senior Dakota Wendell.
This game put Rabune second on the all-time list of Maverick shutouts. She currently stands at 21 and counting.
Next up, MSU soccer will take on Winona State on Friday at Winona. The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
Header photo by Kjerstin Hall | MSU Reporter.