Nickel leads MSU Women’s Soccer to 4-0 win over Minnesota Crookston

Senior Kiana Nickel scored twice, including the game-winning goal, to lead Minnesota State women’s soccer to a 4-0 win over Minnesota Crookston in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match on Sunday afternoon.

Nickel gave the Mavericks (5-3-1, 4-2-0 NSIC) an early lead over the Golden Eagles (2-7-1, 1-5-1 NSIC) when she scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 8th minute. She added her second goal — her fourth of the season — on a penalty kick in the 52nd minute. Nickel also recorded an assist to total five points on the day — moving her into a tie with Brittany Henry (2009-12) for sixth place on the Mavericks’ career points list with 89.

Sophomore Morgan Cottew and freshman Taylor Kenealy each contributed one goal in the victory. Cottew, who has scored in five of the Mavericks last six matches, scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season — the 15th of her career — in the 37th minute. Kenealy added her 5th goal of the season in the 14th minute and her second assist of 2016 on Cottew’s score.

Sophomore Abby Hausken garnered her first assist of the season on Nickel’s first goal of the match.

Minnesota State outshot Minnesota Crookston 16-5, including an 11-4 shot on goal advantage.

Freshman Ryann Rydeen (2-0-0), who started in goal for the second time this season, made four saves to earn the win for the Mavericks.

Lexie Gauger (2-5-1) made six saves in 84 minutes played for the Golden Eagles.

Minnesota State returns home to face Wayne State on Friday at 1:00 p.m., at The Pitch.

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