MSU soccer battles Golden Bears in season finale

Aaron Young
Staff Writer

The No. 13 Minnesota State Mavericks soccer team will be facing Concordia-St. Paul this Friday. Last year, the Mavericks beat the Golden Bears 3-1 during the regular season and 4-0 in the first round of the NSIC playoffs. 

This is the woman’s last regular season game and the team’s senior day. There will be eleven seniors being honored.

So many players have contributed to the success they’ve had over the years.

Redshirt senior Alexa Rabune has been playing great for the Mavericks, collecting 53 saves on the year and has a 13-1 record. 

Senior defenders Taylor Kenealy and Jessica Ault have done their part as well, not allowing the opposition inside the goalie’s box and getting the ball out of the zone efficiently.

Head coach Brian Bahl and assistant coach Ben Jones are the masterminds behind all the strategies that have led the Mavericks to a 15-2 record and are 12-2 in the conference. 

The team’s focus will be on the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears, who are ranked No. 20 in the country. Concordia-St. Paul is 14-1-2 on the year and 11-1-2 in the NSIC. 

For the Bears, forwards Katie and Nikki Anderson lead the team in goals with seven and Hannah Pedersen in assists with 11. 

Goalkeeper Jordyn Clark has 55 saves on the year and will look to add a shutout against the Mavericks. 

The Mavericks will be running the turf and concentrating on giving the Bears their second loss of the year. In addition to this, they will also be looking to extend their winning streak to nine straight games. 

In a faceoff between two rival opponents, both teams will be putting it on the line and with the playoffs right around the corner, looking to climb up the NSIC rankings.

Header photo: Minnesota State forward Jenny Vetter (4) runs with the ball against Augustana University at the Pitch Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 in Mankato, Minn. (Kjerstin Hall/MSU Reporter)

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