Sunday game against Upper Iowa rained out
The University of Minnesota Crookston soccer team was tied 1-1 with Winona State University at the half but two second half goals sent the Warriors to a 3-1 victory. The Golden Eagles knotted the game up in the 24th minute with a goal from Maggie Peterson (Jr., F, Princeton, Minn.).
Minnesota Crookston held their own throughout the tilt, but the Warriors utilized goals from Bailey Deininger and Ashley Hewitt in the final 45 minutes to secure the victory.
The Golden Eagles move to 0-4 (0-3 NSIC), but they continue to show signs of improvement. Minnesota Crookston was able to get their offense going and connect their passes from the midfield moving forward, an area they had struggled with in their first three games. The Golden Eagles finished with eight shots with five shots on goal, their best offensive performance.
Winona State moves to 2-4 (1-2 NSIC) with Friday’s victory. The Warriors had 32 shots overall, but most of those shots came from distance. Winona State put 12 shots on frame.
Minnesota Crookston was led by an impressive game from Peterson, who scored the first goal for the Golden Eagles in 2019. Peterson’s goal was her first as a Golden Eagle. She has four shots and three shots on goal. Latafale Niumeitolu (Fr., MF/D, Jordan, Utah) added a shot on goal, while Mataya Mierzejewski (So., MF/D, Woodbury, Minn.) also added a shot, and Vanessa Shelton (Jr., MF, Tacoma, Wash.) had a shot on goal.
Winona State was guided by Camryn Cadiz with five shots with one shot on goal. Jaida Wiege had five shots, two shots on goal, and one goal. Elli Wardell chipped in two shots and two shots on goal.
Athena DiMario Done (Jr., GK, Windsor, Ontario) notched nine saves on the game with three goals allowed. For the Warriors, Yanel Ortiz allowed one goal and tallied four saves.
Winona State had two shots on goal in the first five minutes of the game, but DiMario Done turned away the opportunities to keep the game at 0-0.
The Warriors lifted the lid on the scoring in the 18th minute as Courtney Wiencek broke down the defense and found Wiege who put it in the back of the net to put the lead at 1-0.
The Golden Eagles had opportunities early in the game with a shot on goal in the 11th minute on an opportunity from Peterson. Shelton put one on frame in the 19th minute but was turned away by Ortiz.
Minnesota Crookston capitalized in the 24th minute as Samantha Donnay (Fr., MF, Princeton, Minn.) played a nice ball from the middle of the field where she found Peterson on the right side of the field. Peterson dribbled the ball in and put a great shot past Ortiz as the Princeton High School products connected for the goal. The score would be knotted up 1-1.
The Warriors would have three more shots on goal in the rest of the second frame but DiMario Done put away all of the chances. The Golden Eagles had a shot on goal from Niumeitolu that was saved by Ortiz.
Winona State had the first chance of the second stanza with a shot on goal from Mariah Northrop in the 57th minute.
Minnesota Crookston had an opportunity on a Peterson shot that was put away by Ortiz.
The Warriors won a corner kick in the 68th minute. The corner was played into the box and would bounce around where Deininger found it off the Missy Grecor assist, putting Winona State ahead 2-1.
Winona State iced the win as Ashley Hewitt got the ball off a steal from the Golden Eagles and scored in the final minute to give the Warriors a 3-1 advantage, the tally they would win by.