Minnesota State women’s soccer defeated Upper Iowa 2-0 on Sunday afternoon at The Pitch on Senior Day for its 12th shutout victory of the season.
Senior forward Maddy Smith and senior midfielders Dana Savino and Kiana Nickel were recognized for their contributions to Minnesota State women’s soccer in an on-field ceremony prior to the match.
The first half of the match between the Mavericks (13-3-1, 12-2-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) and the Peacocks (8-9-0, 7-8-0 NSIC) was a defensive struggle with few offensive chances.
The Mavericks, who outshot the Peacocks 6-1 in the first half, scored the first goal of the contest in the 17th minute to go up 1-0. Nickel took a corner kick, which was redirected into the net by junior midfielder Abby Nordeen for her first career goal. Nickel’s assist is the 31st of her collegiate career — the third most all-time at Minnesota State.
The Maverick defense, which shut out the opposition for the 13th time this season, protected the 1-0 lead going into halftime.
Minnesota State, which improved to 9-0-1 in its last 10 matches, moved quickly to increase its lead after halftime. Junior midfielder Jenny Hoerter threaded a pass ahead to sophomore forward Morgan Cottew, who got behind the Upper Iowa defenders and placed a shot past the goalkeeper to put Minnesota State up 2-0 in the 48th minute. Cottew leads the Mavericks in goals (14) and points (33). Hoerter tallied her fourth assist of the season — the 13th of her career.
Neither team would score the rest of the way with the Mavericks outshooting the Peacocks 13-5 in the half — 19-6 in the match. Minnesota State held a 9-2 shot on goal advantage in the match.
Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Livermore (3-0-0) made two saves to earn her third shutout of the season.
Caila Petrie (8-9-0) made seven saves in goal for Upper Iowa.
The Mavericks, who concluded their regular season on Sunday, earned the second seed in the NSIC Conference Tournament. Minnesota State is set to host seventh-seeded Northern State in the quarterfinals at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday at The Pitch.