Minnesota Crookston fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s soccer team was at home for the first time in the 2018 season, hosting the University of Minnesota Duluth.

    It was a good crowd on hand as the Golden Eagles looked to get the first win of the season, but the Bulldogs would have other plans Friday afternoon in Crookston.

    It was a defensive battle for much of the first half, as the Golden Eagles would fight off multiple chances by the Bulldogs. Olivia Puttin (Jr. Rogers, Minn.) made a handful of saves, before the Bulldogs would score off of a corner kick from Lizzy Fontes to goal-scorer Logan Nash in the 31st minute of the first half for a 1-0 lead.

    The Bulldogs would then punch in another one two minutes later off of a goal from Julia Osborne in the 33rd minute for a 2-0 lead. That would be the lead for the Bulldogs going into the halftime break.

    UMD would put another one in the back of the net, this time from Hannah Caldwell, to make it 3-0. That goal was assisted by Destiny Schmitz, and Julia Osborne.

    Minnesota Crookston applied pressure late in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs came out of Crookston a 3-0 victor.

    Holly Kaboord led the way for the Bulldogs with four shots, and Nan Glinsek, and Natalie St. Martin each had three shots. Lizzy Fontes was the only starter to notch a point, as she finished with an assist in the match. It was all substitutes who put the ball in the back of the net, as Julia Osborne, Logan Nash, and Hannah Caldwell didn’t start, but played a big part in the UMD victory.

    For the Golden Eagles, Mataya Mierzejewski (Fr. Woodbury, Minn.), and Shonali Pierce (So. Streamwood, Ill.) each had a shot in the match. Puttin, and Athena DiMario Done (So. Windsor, Ontario) split the time in net, with Puttin and DiMario Done each getting a half in goal. Each had six save a piece during the match.

    Minnesota Duluth outshot Minnesota Crookston 26-2, and also had six more corner kicks than the Golden Eagles.

    With the win, Minnesota Duluth moved to 2-3 overall, and 1-1 in the NSIC, while Minnesota Crookston fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the NSIC.

    Two days later, UMC hosted St. Cloud State University for a Sunday matinee.

     It was a defensive battle, with both teams playing tight defense for the majority of the game, and the game might come down to one goal. That is exactly what happened as the Huskies scored the first, and only goal of the match early in the second half.

    That would be enough for the Huskies as they defeated the Golden Eagles today 1-0. The win for SCSU boosted their record to 2-3-1 overall and 2-1 in the NSIC. The loss for the Golden Eagles dropped their record to 0-6-0 overall, and 0-3-0 in the conference.

    The game started out with both teams trying to figure each other out, as there would not be that many great chances for either team. The Huskies would eventually generate more chances near the end of the first half, but Puttin was strong in net most of the game.

    The match would remain scoreless at the halftime break. The two zeroes that both teams saw at the end of the first half was nothing new for these programs. In the only meeting between the Huskies and UMC last season, it was a scoreless draw.

    St. Cloud State did all they could to make sure they headed back home with a win. The pressure was there for the Huskies, and they finally got one past Puttin at the 52nd minute as Claire Shea scored her first goal of the season on an assist from Sara Magno, to make it 1-0.

    That is how the game would end, as the Golden Eagles would put pressure on the Huskies, but couldn’t get the ball past Zoe Welsh.

    For the Golden Eagles, Puttin made 13 saves on the afternoon, and played the entire game in goal. Maggee Hodgdon (Fr. Newberg, Ore.) recorded the only shot on the afternoon.

    For SCSU, they were led in shots by Monica Majeski, and Maria Kass with five a piece, and the goal scorer Claire Shea was second on the team in shots with four.

    As a team, the Huskies outshot Minnesota Crookston 22-1. The corner kicks were won by the Golden Eagles who had three compared to the Huskies one.

    UMC will look to come away with two wins with trips to Winona State, and Upper Iowa. That match with Winona State is set for 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The match with Upper Iowa is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in Fayette, Iowa.