#11 Mavericks blank Vikings at home 3-0

The 11th-rated Minnesota State soccer team kept things rolling Sunday afternoon as it bested Augustana 3-0 at The Pitch.

With the win, the Mavericks improve to 10-1-1 on the season, including an 8-0-1 NSIC record. With the loss, the Vikings fall to 8-2-2, including a 7-1-1 conference record. With the shutout, MSU has now tied a team record with nine straight shutouts.

The first half saw the Mavericks strike early as senior Lexi Pszanka netted her fourth goal of the season just 16:53 into the first half. A couple of key saves from junior Taylor Livermore preserved MSU’s one goal lead as the match headed into halftime.

As a team, the Mavericks outshot the Vikings 14-7 in the first session, to go along with a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Mavericks more than 20 minutes into the second half, but at the 66:16 mark freshman Molly Sarafolean tallied her second goal of the season to put MSU up 2-0. Eighteen minutes later, the Mavericks added their third goal of the contest courtesy of senior Jenny Hoerter.

Augustana managed to get one more shot on goal in the final minutes, but it could not find the back of the net as MSU locked down its ninth straight shutout. Livermore finished her day with six saves as she improved 6-0-0 on the season. Taylor Machacek made seven saves as she fell to 8-2-2.

As a team, the Mavericks tallied 10 shots on goal and held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Sophomore Alesha Duccini, who led the team with three shots on goal, tallied two assists.

Minnesota State continues it season on Saturday as it hosts the Northern State Wolves, at 1:00 p.m.

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