Winona State Football Struggles to Draw on Home Debut

WINONA, Minn. – The Winona State University women’s soccer team battled an early setback to draw 1-1 against Minot State University in the opening WSU match at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium on Friday, September 23. the start of four home games for the Warriors after playing their first seven regular season games away from home.

The Beavers scored in the second minute of the match via an unassisted shot by Sarah Upton. Upton’s shot – the first of the game for both sides – came from 30 yards and landed just beyond the outstretched left hand of Winona State goalkeeper Chloe Swanson.

After the early goal, the two teams exchanged chances for the remainder of the first 45 minutes, with Winona State coming close to drawing with Jaida Wiege. Wiege had a couple of shots in the first half, including a shot that earned a diving save from Minot State goalkeeper Maddie Kindred in the 13th minute. Despite long periods of possession for the Warriors in the first half, Minot State headed into the locker at halftime 1-0.

After the break, Winona State increased the pressure in the attack and won a free kick in the left side of the area of ​​Beaver, just ten minutes of the second half. Madelynn Drasher came forward to catch the set-piece for WSU and hit the crossbar with a well-placed shot. The ensuing rebound dropped to Warrior teammate Riley Harmon in the penalty area, and the veteran set the ball loose for his fourth team-leading goal of the season to tie the team at 1-1.

For the time remaining in the second half, the WSU saw the Beavers mount a counterattack and beat the Warriors 9-5 in the final 45 minutes. However, Chloe Swanson rose to the occasion with five stoppages in the final frame, helping her team win the tie on the day.

Minot State leaves Maxwell Field at 2-2-4 overall and an NSIC mark of 2-1-2, while Winona State moves to 4-2-2 for the season and a 2-1-2 mark on the NSIC. WSU is next in action as they take on Mary’s University at noon on Sunday, September 25 at home in Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium.

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