St. Cloud State’s Women Soccer team (2-1-2, 1-0-2 NSIC) had a big matchup against a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe, Winona State (5-1, 2-1 NSIC) on Sept. 26 at Husky Stadium.
Winona State Warriors started the game with the ball. The Warriors really controlled the early parts of the first half with better ball control and chances to score. The Huskies just couldn’t get control of the ball and had to defend a lot more than to go on the offensive.
Winona State had a great chance on free kick in the sixth minute of the first half. The free kick was about 15 yards out, when the shot went of the side post of the goal. The Huskies then were able to clear it out before any damage could be done.
The Huskies were able to find some offense of chances in the first half when Gabby Fleck had a shot in the 12 minute, but the Warrior’s goalkeeper made a nice save.
Winona State kept pushing the ball against St. Cloud State’s defense and almost came up with a goal. Winona State won a corner and the corner kick was headed on a goal.
But, the Huskies’ defense came up in a big way. Mackenzie Winters was able to block the ball from going and then Husky goalkeeper Brittney Plombon came and picked up the ball before Winona State could get another shot off.
With 12 minutes to play in the first half, Winona State had another great opportunity to score. But the Warriors shot went off the goal post again.
The rest of the first half was back and forth play with no threats of scoring by both teams. The first half ended and the half-time score was 0-0.
The Huskies got the ball to start the second half. The Huskies played a lot better in the second than the first half. They had better control of the ball and put the Warriors on their heels.
Winona State had the first best chance to score in the second half, but Plombon made a tremendous save to keep the score 0-0.
In the 14 minute of the second half, the Huskies had a corner kick. They had two great opportunities to score but were denied by the Warriors goalkeeper.
The 19 minute of the second half Winona State won a free kick thanks to hand ball by St. Cloud State. The Warriors were not able to do anything with the free kick though.
Winona State started to put on the pressure and was almost rewarded but the Huskies shut them down. A Warrior’s player was streaking past the Huskies defense for the ball, but a smart play by Huskies goalkeeper Plombon by clearing the ball just in time stopped the Warriors’ threat.
With six minutes to play the Huskies were able to find the back of the net. Alexa Starr was able to score the goal on the assist by Maria Kass. The Huskies now lead 1-0.
Winona State tried to score an equalizer at the end of the game, but they couldn’t. The Huskies played excellent defense and never really gave the Warriors a chance to score. The Huskies were able to hold their lead and win 1-0.
With the win the Huskies would improve to (3-1-2, 2-0-2 NSIC) on the season, while the Warriors would fall to (5-2, 2-2 NSIC).
Next game for the Huskies is on Sunday, Sept. 27 against Upper Iowa University at Husky Stadium at 1 p.m.