MARSHALL - Justine Hauck scored a pair of goals, while Brienna Dekhes made five saves to lead Southwest Minnesota State to a 2-0 victory over the University of Mary in women's college soccer Sunday.
The Mustangs continued their historic start to the season and improve to 6-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, while the Marauders dropped to 1-4-1 overall and 1-1-1 versus the NSIC. The victory also marked the 100th all-time for the SMSU soccer program since it began in 1996.
Despite playing the first half into a stiff south wind, the Mustangs were able to push across the game's first goal as Hauck, a junior, buried a shot in the 16th minute to give SMSU a 1-0 lead into halftime.
Photo by Jeff Arenz
Southwest Minnesota State’s Miranda Cadena controls the ball during a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match against the University of Mary on Sunday at The Schwan Regional Event Center. The Mustangs won 2-0.
"I intercepted a pass from a UMary defender and kicked the ball into the net from the top of the box," said Hauck, who estimated her shot flew about 20 yards in the air into the wind.
SMSU had seven shots in the opening half, including four on-goal. UMary finished the first half totaling five shots with four on-goal.
With the wind to their back in the second half, the Mustangs took advantage in the early minutes as Hauck took a pass from Kendahl Fisher and put the ball past UMary goalkeeper Shelby Buttron to give SMSU a 2-0 lead in the 48th minute.
"I am excited about the start of this season," Hauck said. "Coming to a team that has not been so successful in the past, it's nice to be here and making a difference."
The shutout was the second straight for Dehkes and her third this season.
The Mustangs have outscored their opponents 14-3 this season.
SMSU ended the game with 17 shots, including nine on goal, while UMary had a total of six shots.
Minot State 0
MARSHALL - Southwest Minnesota State erupted for four second half goals to cruise to a 4-0 victory over Minot State in women's college soccer Saturday.
The win extended SMSU's school-record winning streak to start a season to five straight as the Mustangs improved to 5-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 against the NSIC. Minot State, which won the NSIC tournament last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament, dropped to 0-2-2 overall and 0-1-1 NSIC.
Following a scoreless opening half, SMSU broke through early in the second half as Miranda Cadena scored in the 47th minute off a pass from Autumn Hayes to give SMSU a 1-0 lead. Cadena added her second goal of the game 20 minutes later - her fourth of the season - to extend the lead to 2-0.
"On the first one, I was inside the goalie box and had my back to the goal when Autumn passed the ball to me," Cadena said. "I just kind of turned and flicked the ball with my right foot into the left corner of the goal."
Candena said her second goal was came from inside the penalty box, where she buried it into the right corner of the net., after receiving a pass from Megan Haninger.
Morgan Weyer-Coates pushed the lead to 3-0 just moments later off an assist from Fisher in the 68th minute before Haninger closed the scoring with a goal off a free kick in the 72nd minute to give SMSU a four-goal lead.
"We had a good start to last season and then it kind of fell apart," Cadena said. "This season, we have learned how to work together as a team and, I think, that is what is going to keep us winning."
The Mustangs, which went 7-9-1 in 2012, won its first three games last season before going 4-9-1 the rest of the way.
Dehkes racked up her second shutout of the season, making two saves.
Southwest Minnesota State continues its five-game homestand next weekend, taking on St. Cloud State at 1 p.m. Saturday before concluding the weekend by facing Minnesota-Duluth at 1 p.m. Sunday.
SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE 2,
UNIVERSITY OF MARY 0
UMary0 0 - 0
SMSU1 1 - 2
SMSU - Justine Hauck (unassisted), 16th minute.
SMSU - Justine Hauck (Kendahl Fisher assist), 48th minute.
SHOTS - UMary 6 (Mikyala Benjamin 3, A. Williams-Bachman 2, Emily Christensen); SMSU 17 (Miranda Cadena 7, Danica Caudillo 4, Kayla Williams 2, Justine Hauck 2, Kendahl Fisher, Naomi Peterson).
SHOTS ON-GOAL - UMary 5 (Mikyala Benjamin 2, A. Williams-Bachman 2, Emily Christensen); SMSU 9 (Miranda Cadena 3, Kayla Williams 2, Justine Hauck 2, Danica Caudillo, Kendahl Fisher).
GOALKEEPING (SHOTS FACED-SAVES) - UMary (Shelby Buttron 9-7); SMSU (Brienna Dehkes 5-5).
CORNER KICKS - UMary 5; SMSU 8.
SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE 4, MINOT STATE 0
MSU0 0 - 0
SMSU0 4 - 4
SMSU - Miranda Cadena (Autumn Hayes assist), 47th minute.
SMSU - Miranda Cadena (Megan Haninger assist), 67th minute.
SMSU - Morgan Weyer-Coates (Kendahl Fischer assist), 68th minute.
SMSU - Megan Haninger (unassisted), 72nd minute.
SHOTS - MSU 5 (Kelli Creese 2, Zoe Fisher, Chloe Melton, Yuvitza Garcia); SMSU 18 (Miranda Cadena 9, Autumn Hayes 3, Alex Pantze, Kendahl Fisher, Megan Haninger, Danica Caudillo, Natalie Zobel, Morgan Weyer-Coates).
SHOTS ON-GOAL - MSU 2 (Kelli Creese, Yuvitza Garcia); SMSU 10 (Miranda Cadena 6, Alex Pantze, Kendahl Fisher, Megan Haninger, Morgan Weyer-Coates).
GOALKEEPING (SHOTS FACED-SAVES) - MSU (Gemma Biasetto 10-6); SMSU (Brienna Dehkes 2-2).
CORNER KICKS - MSU 1; SMSU 5.