Soccer prepares for long road trip

The team faces five in-conference opponents away from home

John LaForest
Staff Writer

The Maverick women’s soccer team continues its regular season battle with a long road trip on the horizon, as the next five matches feature in-conference opponents, all of which are road games for the club.

The first two matches of the trip start this week against Southwest Minnesota State on Friday at 3 p.m. and Sioux Falls on Sunday at 1 p.m. 

The Mavericks went 2-0 last weekend in their two homecoming conference games, defeating the University of Mary 2-1 in overtime on Friday and Minot State 5-0 on Sunday. These wins brought their regular season record to 7-1-1.

Their first opponent on the weekend in Southwest Minnesota State went 1-1 last week on the road defeating Minnesota Crookston 4-1 on Friday and losing to Bemidji State 4-0 on Sunday to bring their record on the year to a paltry 3-6. The Mustangs are 2-0 at home this season, searching for their first win at home on the team’s homecoming weekend. In the history of the matchup, MSU is 17-1-1 against SMSU all-time, winning the last four matches.

Last season, Minnesota State won the only matchup with Southwest Minnesota State 5-0, on the road.

 Their second opponent, Sioux Falls, went 1-1 last week losing to Bemidji State 1-0 on Friday and defeating Minnesota Crookston 1-0 on Sunday to bring their record up to a weak 4-6.

The Cougars are 3-2 at home this season, with their last win coming against Northern State on Sept. 23. In the history of the matchup, MSU is undefeated against Sioux Falls, winning all eight games.

 The Mavericks won their first matchup earlier this season 4-0 over the Cougars in Mankato on Youth Day. 

The Mavericks continue their five match conference road trip with three matches next week. On Oct. 9, they travel to the Twin Cities to take on Concordia-St. Paul at 7 p.m. On Oct. 12, the Mavericks travel to Crookston to face Minnesota Crookston at 3 p.m. The road trip will finish up in Bemidji, with the girls taking on current NSIC leader No. 6 Bemidji State at 1 p.m.

Feature photo by Gage Cureton | MSU Reporter.

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