Maverick Women’s Soccer defeats Northern State 2-0 on Sunday

Minnesota State women’s soccer defeated Northern State 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at Jerde Field.

With its win over Northern State (6-7-0, 4-7-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference), Minnesota State (10-3-1, 9-2-0 NSIC) has won nine of its last 10 matches, including each of its last six.

The Mavericks, who outshot Northern State 9-5 — 6-2 in shots on goal — in the first half, took the lead when sophomore Morgan Cottew received a pass from senior Kiana Nickel and scored to put the Mavericks up 1-0 in the 24th minute. Cottew, who has scored in 10-of-14 matches this season, leads the team in goals (11) and points (27).

Nickel, who recorded her team-leading sixth assist of the season — the 29th of her career — on Cottew’s goal, broke a tie with Emily Moris (2011-14) to move into sole possession of third place on the Minnesota State career assist list.

After halftime, Nickel increased the Maverick lead to 2-0 in the 62nd minute when she scored on a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Nickel’s goal moved her past Laura Leber (2007-10) into fifth place on the Maverick career points list with 97. Nickel is second on the team with 20 points in 2016.

Minnesota States’ defense did the rest — holding the Wolves to 11 shots in the match, including three on goal. The Maverick offense took 20 shots with 12 on target.

Freshman Ryann Rydeen (3-0-0) made three saves in goal, including a diving stop on a Northern State free kick in the 79th minute, to pick up her third shutout of the season. Maverick goalkeepers have 11 shutouts this year.

Minnesota State has garnered double digit wins in 10 consecutive seasons.

The Mavericks return to action against No. 13 Minot State in an NSIC match at The Pitch on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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