The Minnesota State women’s soccer team continued their winning streak, extending it to five games with wins over Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State. They are now 11-2 on the year and 8-2 in conference play.
In their first game on Friday, Oct. 18, the Mavericks ran the field and dominated the Golden Eagles 7-0. This was the team’s third straight win in a row during their three-game home stretch.
Sophomore Jenny Vetter, named the NSIC offensive player of the week, kicked off the stampede on a penalty kick in the 27th minute of the game. She followed up with another goal 20 seconds later. Vetter is shooting for MVP year, as she leads the Mavericks in goals with 12 and six assists.
Another player who has played well was freshman Allie Williams, recording a hat-trick and bringing her to seven goals on the year. Her first goal was on a free kick, assisted by junior defender Taylor Barzowski in the 58th minute. Barzowski also assisted on another one of Williams’ goal in the 77th minute.
Sophomore Nadia Lowery kicked in her fourth goal of the year and senior Julia Nellis scored her first in the 7-0 victory.
Minnesota State recorded 21 shots, with 11 on target and kept Crookston to just two. In addition to this, the Mavericks had an 8-0 advantage on corner kicks against the Eagles.
Their next game was a lot tighter. In what was indeed a nail-biter the very end and resulted in a Mavericks defeated the Beavers 1-0.
Once again it was Vetter, who scored for the Mavericks, but only after both teams failed to find the net for almost the entire game. Vetter got the better end of the Beavers goalie in the 88th minute and sent the fans home happy.
Goalkeeper Alexa Rabune recorded eight saves on the day. Minnesota State played more physical than their opponent, as they had 12 fouls, compared to Bemidji’s seven. However, the Beavers were given seven chances to score on free kicks but could not capitalize.
Minnesota State gave the Mavericks fans what they wanted, two victories on their home turf. Now, the girls look ahead to their next meetings on the road. First up is a date with the Northern State Wolves in Aberdeen, South Dakota, followed up by a meeting against Minnesota State Moorhead on Sunday.
Header photo: Minnesota State forward Jenny Vetter (4) shoots the ball at the goal in the second half of a soccer game against the Bemidji State University at the Pitch Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 in Mankato, Minn. (Mansoor Ahmad/MSU Reporter)