Soccer’s streak improves to 11 wins, just 1 left

And the hot streak continues.

The Minnesota State soccer team (14-2-1, 12-1-1 NSIC) continued their domination of the NSIC over the weekend when they took home two wins against Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State.

The Mavericks played in Sioux Falls on Friday night in an attempt to continue their undefeated streak against the Cougars, and they did just that in a close 2-1 overtime win.

The first goal of the match didn’t come until the 52nd minute when the Brynn Desens had the opportunity for a penalty kick and capitalized with a shot to the right side, taking the lead 1-0.

While MSU dominated in every category on the sheet, Sioux Falls managed to make it a 1-1 game with just 10 minutes remaining in the second half after a defensive misplay at mid field.

As the match headed into overtime, it didn’t take long for Jenny Vetter to finish the job with a shot from outside of the penalty arc.

The goal lifted Vetter to 16 on the year, staying tied with Sara Wendt of Bemidji State as the league leading goal scorers.

Minnesota State outshot their opponent 12-3 in the contest, while being favored 9-1 in corner kicks.

MSU brought their momentum into Sunday afternoon when they took on Southwest Minnesota State at home.

The Mavericks were able to take home the 2-0 win with the help of Maille Mathis’s two goal night, scoring once in each half. Assists were handed out to Olivia Thoen, Molly Masher, and Jenny Vetter.

It was a long night for the Mustangs goalkeeper facing a whopping 30 shots on their end, with 13 landing on goal.

Mackenzie Rath earned eighth and ninth wins, and her seventh shutout of the year. Rath brings her save percentage to .920 on the year, with a goals against average of .36, both topping the NSIC.

Minnesota State stays just one point behind Bemidji State in the NSIC standings going into both team’s final game of the year.

Head Coach Brian Bahl also moved into the winningest coach in Minnesota State history with 143 wins as head coach.

Feature photo by Hanna Mun/The Reporter

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