Women’s soccer finds more success over weekend

Mel Stramm
Staff Writer

Minnesota State Mavericks Women’s soccer continues to stay on top after sweeping Winona State Warriors and Upper Iowa Peacocks last week. They are now 5-0 and will be moving on to face Duluth this Friday. 

On Friday Sept. 20, the Mavericks took on Winona State in its first NSIC match and went on to win 3-0.  

Even though her first attempt was saved by the Warriors’ goalkeeper, Sophomore Brynn Desens was able to connect on the rebound and thereby scoring the first goal for the Mavericks, just four minutes into the match.

Another goal before halftime came from senior Alesha Duccini, with an assist by Nadia Lowery would follow in the 27th minute. 

Senior Dakota Wendell scored the last goal of the day in the 83rd minute of the game. 

Senior Alexa Rabune was once again able to make every save, allowing for the fourth straight shutout of the season for the Mavericks. 

With a 33-8 margin, Mankato once again outshot its opponent.

Moving on to Sunday, Sept. 22, Mankato dominated University of Upper Iowa, outshooting them by a 28-7 margin and ultimately collecting its fifth straight victory in a row. 

Maverick soccer did not hesitate and Lowry was able to score the first goal within the first minute of the match. 

Two more goals followed before halftime, one within the 41st minute by Duccini and another one only two minutes later by freshman Allie Williams, both assisted by freshman Tia Martin.

Leading 3-0 going into the second half, the Mavericks offense was far from done, with three more goals to follow.

Wendell scored in the 52nd minute, followed by two goals by junior Danielle Tazic, putting Mankato up 6-0 for another victory. 

Minnesota State will host Minnesota Duluth at the Pitch on Friday at 3:00 p.m. for its first NSIC match at home. The weekend of Maverick sports will then be concluded by a match against St. Cloud on Sunday.

With Duluth currently trailing behind Mankato as eighth in the NSIC, Maverick soccer will undoubtedly continue to raise the bar this upcoming weekend.

Header photo by Mansoor Ahmad | MSU Reporter.

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