MSU claims its fourth straight NSIC title after defeating CSP in final game
The No. 13 Minnesota State Mavericks women’s soccer team claimed their fourth straight NSIC championship after defeating Augustana Vikings and No. 20 Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears.
After cutting things close against the University of Mary Marauders, MSU came out and shutout the Vikings and Golden Bears, 3-0 each.
The last time the Mavericks played Augustana, they defeated them 2-1 on Nov. 1. Minnesota State jumped out to an early lead after senior Alesha Duccini scored from a pass from sophomore Brynn Desens.
There wasn’t any scoring until the 78th minute of the game. This time it was sophomore Jenny Vetter, assisting her was Duccini.
About seven minutes later, freshman Allie Williams concluded the scoring with an unassisted goal.
The Mavericks outshot the Vikings by 12 shots (28-16) and put more on goal (13-4). Augustana also had 12 fouls, compared to MSU’s seven.
Senior Alexa Rabune continued to dominate in the net, helping the Mavericks to another shutout win and picking up her 14th win to this point.
In the Mavericks final game of the regular season, CSP was able to defeat the Mavericks by a small margin of 1-0. Almost a week later they would meet again, this time for the NSIC championship game. MSU would come out on top with a final score of 3-0.
The game would remain scoreless until the 32nd minute of the game. Desens would pick up the goal, marking the first goal since she last scored against Sioux Falls on Oct. 13. Desens now has eight goals and 12 assists.
Vetter would score the final two goals of the game, pushing her season total to 19 goals – placing her within the top-10 in Division II in goals scored.
CSP would commit 12 fouls in the game, whereas MSU would only account for five. The Mavericks also outshot the Golden Bears (15-8) and allowed for just two shots to be on goal.
Rabune played a big part in the win and now has a win-loss record of 15-2-1.
The Mavericks will wait and see who they play next in the Central Region Tournament, with games beginning this Friday.
Header photo: Minnesota State forward Jenny Vetter (4) shoots the ball against University of Mary at the Pitch Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 in Mankato, Minn. (Mansoor Ahmad/MSU Reporter)