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Soccer sinks Minnesota for third straight win

No. 22 Cougars soiled Minnesotas perfect record in order to keep their own

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Seattle University senior defender Olivia Ovenell, bottom, slides for the ball against WSU junior forward Katie Jones, top, on 
Aug. 17 at the WSU Lower Soccer Field. The Cougars defeated the Redhawks 3-1 in their home opener.

Seattle University senior defender Olivia Ovenell, bottom, slides for the ball against WSU junior forward Katie Jones, top, on Aug. 17 at the WSU Lower Soccer Field. The Cougars defeated the Redhawks 3-1 in their home opener.

RYAN PUGH | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

RYAN PUGH | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

Seattle University senior defender Olivia Ovenell, bottom, slides for the ball against WSU junior forward Katie Jones, top, on Aug. 17 at the WSU Lower Soccer Field. The Cougars defeated the Redhawks 3-1 in their home opener.

DANI PARAMO, Evergreen reporter

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No. 22 WSU soccer stormed past the University of Minnesota, defeating the hosts 2-0 on the road to remain undefeated on the season.

The Cougars (3-0) ended up only facing the Gophers (3-1) this weekend as the match against the University of Iowa on Friday was canceled due to inclement weather.

The Cougs hosted Minnesota in their home opener last season and held the then-ranked No. 19 Gophers to a 0-0 draw. This time around, two goals from visiting WSU were enough to sink Minnesota and give the team its defeat of the season.

“I am very pleased to get a big road win against a very good Minnesota team,” Head Coach Todd Shulenberger said in a WSU news release. “I challenged our team to get on the board first and they responded six minutes in.”

The Cougars struck early on, transferring their aggressive play style to the road to find the opening goal in the sixth minute, as sophomore forward Makamae Gomera-Stevens’ shot from eight yards out found the back of the net. The shot followed a cross from junior forward Morgan Weaver.

Gomera-Stevens’ goal was her first of the season and her second career goal, after spending much of the season thus far knocking on the goal’s doorstep.

The Cougs continued their early domination and kept the Gophers’ offense stifled on their home field. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Ella Dederick was called into action twice during the first half but kept her goal safe to maintain her season long clean sheet.

The second half played out much the same, as the visiting Cougars managed to hold onto possession of the ball for the majority of the final 45 minutes. Minnesota was able to defend against WSU’s constant pressure until the 77th minute when the Cougs finally broke through for their second goal, this time off a corner kick.

Following a strong series of possession, senior defender Maddy Haro sent her corner kick to the far post of Minnesota’s goal, where freshman center back Mykiaa Minniss was there to meet the ball with her head. Minniss sent her header into the ground, and its bounce took the ball right over the Minnesota goalkeeper and into the net to secure the victory for the Cougs.

Haro’s corner kick assist was her fourth assist of the season and she now ties the school record which is a three-game streak.

The game would end without any more major plays, as both teams hunkered down in their defensive ends. However, WSU held possession until the referee blew the final whistle. With the final score at 2-0 in the Cougs’ favor, WSU improved its unbeaten streak against Minnesota to three games.

The Cougars will continue their road trip in the Midwest when it faces University of Nebraska 5 p.m. Friday at Barbara Hibner Stadium.

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