MARSHALL - Caitlin Lilly scored in the 82nd minute to break the scoreless tie and give Winona State University a 1-0 victory over No. 21-ranked Southwest Minnesota State at The Schwan Regional Event Center on Sunday.
The loss was the SMSU's first of the season and first at home since Oct. 26, 2012.
"It was tough, but give credit to Winona State for being a fantastic team. They took us out of what were trying to do," Mustangs head coach T.J. Buchholz said. "You have to be ready for every match you play in this conference. It was a good test for Winona State. They are well-coached. We had a tough go of it (Sunday)."
Photo by Jeff Arenz
Winona State’s Nicole Sames (12) jumps for the ball as Southwest Minnesota State’s Autumn Hayes (9) defends a corner kick during a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match Sunday at The Schawn Regional Event Center.
It was also the first time the Mustangs have been shutout all season. SMSU was shutout seven times last season.
Buchholz said Winona State's defense was outstanding.
"With what they try to do with their system, they made it hard for us to get behind their defense," Buchholz said. "Winona State is good at defending the air and they prevented things from being successful through the air. Their center backs and goalie were outstanding."
Lilly scored off a free kick that was sent in by Devon Richards from 30 yards out. Lilly got in behind the Mustangs' defense, goalkeeper Brianna Dehkes and delivered a header into the net.
SMSU couldn't rally in the late minutes to tie the match.
"I has always believed soccer to be a match of which style will win at the end. On Sunday, it was Winona State's style that did that."
The Mustangs are still winless versus Winona State in 28 tries (0-26-2).
Dehkes returned to the net for the Mustangs after missing Saturday's home match against Upper Iowa with an injury. She made eight saves on 11 shots faced. Her counterpart, Alexandra Vial, picked up her eighth win of the season, making four saves on nine shots faced.
The loss snaps SMSU's 11-match winning streak and six-match home winning streak.
The Mustangs (11-1-0, 8-1-0 NSIC) hit the road next weekend for games at Minnesota State-Moorhead and Northern State.
Upper Iowa 0
MARSHALL - Miranda Cadena score her ninth goal of the season in the 11th minute to lift No. 21-ranked Southwest Minnesota State to a 1-0 victory over Upper Iowa in NSIC action Saturday.
The win was SMSU's first over Upper Iowa since the 2007 season.
At 10:52, Kendahl Fisher flipped in a pass that found Cadena just yards in front of the goal. The sophomore forward then lobbed a shot over the goalie Kaitlyn Emanuel for her ninth goal of the season.
Cadena is now just one goal away from recording double-digit goals scored - a feat that hasn't been done by a Mustang since Joelle Dean in 2004. The assist was Fisher's seventh of the season and it marks the most assists in a single season by a Mustang since Nadia AbuAyed, also in 2004.
Goalie Denae Brooks made her first career start in goal. The junior college transfer played well and earned her first career shutout while making one save on eight shots faced.
SMSU now has shutout seven of its 11 opponents this season.
With its 11 wins, the Mustangs tie the single-season record for wins in a season. The 1999 Mustangs finished 11-9-1.
WINONA STATE 1,
NO. 21 SMSU 0
WSU - Caitlin Lilly (Devon Richards assist), 82nd minute.
Shots: WSU 11; SMSU 9.
Saves: WSU (Alexandra Vial, 4); SMSU (Brianna Dehkes, 8).
NO. 21 SMSU 1,
UPPER IOWA 0
SMSU - Miranda Cadena (Kendahl Fisher), 11th minute
Shots: UI 8; SMSU 8.
Saves: UI (Kaitlyn Emanuel, 0); SMSU (Danae Brooks, 1).