MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The Minnesota state women’s soccer team is rolling with a five-game undefeated streak after beating Crookston 7-0 last weekend.
Whenever a team has an average of more than three goals per game, there is a good chance that wins and draws are easy to happen. After seven matches this year, that’s the case for Minnesota State. The team’s only failure of the season came in the second game of the year, a 1-0 loss to Central Oklahoma. A 5-1-1 record is a solid start considering the tough set of games to start the 2022 campaign.
“I think this year we never gave up. We always kept pushing until the end and really fought for each other, which has allowed us to win and draw many of our games so far,” said Maille Mathis, MSU’s sophomore midfielder.
The Mavericks certainly didn’t give up against NSIC rival Bemidji State last Friday. Minnesota State trailed by nothing at the start of the second half, but scored an equalizing goal in the closing stages of the game to snatch the tie. It’s the second time this year that the purple and gold have scored an endorsement or tie goal in the final ten minutes of a game, the first against Grand Valley State in Maverick’s 1-0 win.
“I definitely think it’s just an overall team effort every game. It’s us who know that when things don’t go our way, we have to keep fighting and fighting until we get the result we want,” said Mali Seran, senior midfielder at MSU.
Leading the team in goals this year is Jenny Vetter, with five. After that, Allie Williams scored four times, while Maille Mathis is third on the team with three goals.
The team can score goals in a hurry. In four of the Mavericks’ seven games this year, the group has scored at least three goals, including six and seven goals against Wayne State and Minnesota Crookston.
“We just talked today about being known as a high-powered offensive team. We don’t like to be left out or stuck with a goal. For us, it’s a mission every game to put in as much as we can,” said Brian Bahl, head coach at MSU.
After being away for five of their first seven games, Minnesota State returns home this weekend for clashes against MSU Moorhead and Northern State.
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