WSC women’s soccer falls in season finale at Minnesota State 3-1
The Wayne State College women’s soccer team saw their season come to an end Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 setback at #21 Minnesota State in a Northern Sun Conference contest played in Mankato, Minnesota. The host Mavericks improve to 15-2-1 and 13-1-1 in NSIC play while the Wildcats end the year at 4-12-1 and 4-10-1 in conference games.
Minnesota State held a commanding 18-1 advantage in shots during the first period, but Wayne State found themselves only trailing 2-1 after 45 minutes of play.
The Mavericks opened the scoring in the 14th minute as Morgan Cottew converted on a penalty kick giving MSU a 1-0 lead.
Minnesota State extended the lead to 2-0 at the 29:11 mark when Dakota Wendell scored on an assist from Molly Sarafolean.
Wayne State made the most of its lone shot in the first half as senior Christina Stasi scored her team leading fourth goal of the season with an assist from fellow senior Rachel Fraser at the 40:51 mark cutting the Maverick lead to 2-1.
The lone score of the second half came at the 60:46 mark when Wendell scored her second goal of the game giving the Mavericks the 3-1 win.
“”Much like our record, the score today doesn’t reflect this group’s effort and fight,” commented Wildcat head coach Joe Cleary. “Minnesota State has a good squad and we battled with them and were very unlucky to not have it be a closer contest. I’m proud of how we finished out the season.”
Minnesota State finished the match with a 23-4 advantage in shots over Wayne State including 13-2 in shots on goal. The Mavericks held a 7-1 edge in corner kicks on WSC while MSU was called for 11 fouls to five on WSC.
Stasi led Wayne State with one goal. Megan Phillips had the other Wildcat shot on goal while Rylie Wehner and Rachel Fraser were each credited with shots while Fraser assisted on Stasi’s goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Alyssa Bagley was credited with 10 saves in the contest while allowing three goals.