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BULLDOGS SNAP NO.14 MANKATO'S UNBEATEN STREAK, WIN 1-0
Sunday, October 30, 2011
The University of Minnesota Duluth soccer team has given the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference a reason to be afraid this Halloween weekend, edging No. 14 Minnesota State University-Mankato 1-0 Sunday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (10-5-1 overall; 10-3-0 NSIC) handed the Mavericks (13-2-3 overall, 10-1-2 NSIC) their first conference loss of the season, dropping MSU from the top spot in the NSIC rankings to the No. 2 slot. UMD holds their third place ranking after the win and Winona State University (14-3-1 overall; 12-1-0 NSIC) ends the regular season with the top position.
It didn't take long for the Bulldogs to appear on the scoreboard. Less than a minute and a half into the game, freshman defender Riley Allen found a pass from freshman midfielder Jennifer Smith off of freshman midfielder Hannah Keil's corner kick. Allen, an Eden Prairie, Minn. native shot the ball into the back right corner of the net to score her second collegiate goal. The score would stay at 1-0 for the remainder of the game.
With this win, UMD ends the regular season undefeated on their own turf, something that has happened only three times before in the team's eighteen-year history (1995, 1998 and 2009).
Both teams attempted a fairly even amount of shots throughout the match, with UMD ending the game with 13 total shots and the Mavericks contributing 11 shots. Freshman forward Maureen Stormont led all players with five total shots.
Junior goalkeeper Hanna Iaizzo earned her fifth career shutout and her second of the weekend series, ending the game with five saves. Her MSU counterpart, Molly McGough contributed a total of two saves in her 90:00 of play.
The Bulldogs will get home field advantage for their first round of the NSIC / US Bank Women's Soccer Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 2, where they will face sixth seeded Augustana College (10-8-0 overall; 7-6-0 NSIC). The two teams met two weeks prior at James S. Malosky Stadium where UMD came away with a 5-3 victory. The first-round match is set to begin at 1 p.m..
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