Jessica Withrow and Nikki Dogan scored in the losses.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston had their comeback fall just short in a 2-1 loss to Winona State University Sat., Sept. 16 at UMC Soccer Field. A Jessica Withrow (Fr., MF/F, Gardnerville, Nev.) goal in the 82nd minute mounted a comeback for the Golden Eagles, but it would fall short as the Warriors would hang on for the victory.   

    Minnesota Crookston fell to 0-4 on the season. Winona State improved to 2-2-1 (1-0-1) with Saturday’s victory.   

    Minnesota Crookston came out with an offensive mind in the first 10 minutes as they had the first two chances of the game with shots from Lindsey Daml (So., D/MF, North Pole Alaska) and Maggie Peterson (Fr., F, Princeton, Minn.). However, the Golden Eagles wouldn’t take advantage of playing the majority of the first 10 minutes in their offensive half.   

    Winona State would put away their first chance of the game as Minnesota Crookston had a breakdown off an offensive opportunity of their own. Darian Molter received the ball on the wing and dribbled past the Golden Eagles before connecting with Abby Bohanski. Bohanski won the ball from Minnesota Crookston goalie Olivia Puttin (So., GK, Rogers, Minn.) and put it in the back of the net.   

    Neither team had another shot on the goal for the rest of the first half as Winona State went into the break up 1-0. Winona State out-shot Minnesota Crookston by the tune of 4-3 in the opening half with their one shot on goal.   

    The Warriors went on the offensive to open up the second half as they generated three shots on goal and eight shots overall in the first 20 minutes of the second period. Winona State finally put away their second goal of the game when Courtney Wiencek took the ball off of a Minnesota Crookston defender near the goal box and put it past Puttin to make it 2-0.   

    Minnesota Crookston countered later in the second half as Peterson got the ball on the left wing and dribbled up the side before centering the ball to Withrow, who put it past Rachel Oleson for the first goal of her career.   

    Head Coach Joe Alianiello commented on his team’s execution of the play that scored the goal.    

    “We flipped to three forwards and I thought Maggie [Peterson] and Vanessa [Shelton] combined well to find [Jessica] Withrow and she hit it where she needed to and got it in,” Alianiello said. The Golden Eagles had one more shot on the game, but would come up empty in their comeback as they fell 2-1 to Winona State.   

    Jessica Scott (Jr., D, Post Falls, Idaho) and Withrow had the lone shots on goal for U of M Crookston with Withrow putting her shot in the back of the net.   

    Bohanski and Wiencek each had two shots on goal with both converting goals.   

    Oleson picked up the win in goal for Winona State after tallying one save and one goal against in 90 minutes as she wasn’t heavily tested on the day.   

    Puttin gave up two goals and picked up five saves.
    Winona State had 11 fouls on the day compared to eight for Minnesota Crookston.   

    Alianiello said he saw improvement and can use some positives from the game to move forward.   

    “All week we worked on starting better,” Alianiello said. “It was a good first half for us except for one bad breakdown where they [Winona State] got a goal. It’s a young team so we’re kind of feeling through some things. It was good to see us more competitive.”    

    The U of M Crookston soccer team dropped their second game of the weekend, Sunday afternoon, as they were defeated 5-1 by Upper Iowa University. The conference loss drops the Golden Eagles NSIC record to 0-3, 0-5 overall.     

    Crookston opened up the game’s scoring as midfielder Ellie Brettschneider (Lakeville, Minn./Sport and Recreation Management) made a great pass to set fellow senior Nikki Dogan (Grand Forks, N.D./Health Science) on goal, who finished things off with a booming shot from 20 yards out. The goal was Dogan’s first of the season and it came in the 18th minute of play.   

    At the 20:07 mark, the Peacocks answered with a goal by Rachel Fowler (Sr., Kennoway, Scotland) who finished off a free kick by Maddie North (So., Leysdown-On-Sea, England). Fowler scored her second goal of the game in the 29th minute as she hit the back of the net off a free kick of her own. Corel Carmichael (So., Trinidad and Tobago) improved the UIU lead to 3-1 in the 30th minute before Jordyn Ostrowski (Jr., Ringle, Wisc.) closed out the half with a pair of unassisted goals. Neither team scored in the second period with both teams having quality chances.   

    Sophomore goalkeeper, Olivia Puttin (Rogers, Minn.) played the first half making three total saves and facing 11 total shots. Frosh, Athena DiMario Done (Windsor, Ontario) played the second half in goal where she made two saves and faced seven Peacock shots.   

    UMC will return to action on September 22 when they travel to Minot State University (2-3-1, 1-2 NSIC). Opening kick in the NSIC match is scheduled for 7:00 pm.