The Southwest Minnesota State women's soccer team defeated Nebraska-Kearney 3-0 Friday at the Region Event Center to pick up the program's first win in a season opener since the 2002 season.
All three of the Mustangs' goals were scored by freshmen, with Miranda Cadena accounting for two of them
Cadena scored in the 12th minute on an assist by Kendahl Fisher and the Mustangs held a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
SMSU maintained its one-goal edge well into the second half before Kylee Nolan broke through with a goal in the 81st minute and Cadena scoring again in the 90th minute.
SMSU sophomore Sonya Smith stopped all nine shots by the Lopers to record her fifth career shutout.
Second-year Mustang head coach TJ Buchholz trotted out a very young lineup for the opener. Seven freshmen, three sophomores and one junior started the game, and five other freshmen saw playing time.
The Mustangs resume play Monday at St. Cloud State.