Senior Kiana Nickel scored twice, including the game-winning goal, to propel the Minnesota State women’s soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Southwest Minnesota State at The Pitch on Sunday afternoon.
Nickel, who is eighth in program history with 84 career points, scored the game-winning goal for Minnesota State (4-2-1, 3-1-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) on a penalty kick in the 17th minute. She later tallied her second goal — the third Maverick goal of the match — in the 55th minute. Nickel, whose 29 career goals are the eighth most in Maverick history, has garnered points in four consecutive matches.
Sophomore Morgan Cottew, who scored for the fourth-straight match, leads the Maverick’s in shots (23), goals (5) and points (12). Cottew’s goal, which came in the 67th minute, was the fourth and final goal of the match for the Mavericks.
Minnesota State’s second goal of the match was scored in the 52nd minute by junior Jenny Hoerter. Hoerter, who scored her second goal of the season, has eight goals in her Maverick career. She has scored in two consecutive matches.
Senior Dana Savino and freshman Alesha Duccini each tallied one assist in the match. Savino’s assist — her second of the season — gives her 40 career points. Duccini, who tallied her second of 2016, has recorded eight points in her rookie season with the Mavericks.
Sophomore Taylor Livermore (1-0-0), who made her first start in goal this season, stopped two Southwest Minnesota State (3-5-0, 2-3-0 NSIC) shots on goal to earn the shutout victory.
Minnesota State now has a three-match NSIC winning streak.
Goalkeeper Jessica Craigmile (2-5-0) made eight saves for the Mustangs.
The Mavericks hit the road to face Bemidji State in Bemidji, Minn., on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics)