WAYNE – With mother nature bringing in early October showers, the Wayne State College women’s soccer team had their NSIC soccer match moved from the WSC Soccer Pitch to the turf.
From Bob Cunningham Field on the campus of Wayne State College, the Wildcats played host to Minnesota State-Mankato Friday afternoon. MSU-Mankato used three second half goals to shutout the ‘Cats, 4-0 and improve to 9-1-1 (7-0-1 NSIC) while WSC falls to 3-4-4 (2-3-3 NSIC).
The Mavericks netted the first goal in the 29th minute (29:55) to be the only goal in the opening half. When the second half came around, Minnesota State-Mankato started to open the flood gates with three goals. Goals were scored in the 68th (68:49), 69th (69:52) and 71st (71:50) minutes of the game.
Minnesota State-Mankato won the shot battle, 19-5 (8-3 on goal) while recording five corner kicks compared to the Wildcats one.
Individually for WSC, senior Hannah Knight, junior Christiana Stasi and senior Bryana Garcia each put a shot on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper, Rachel Grisham allowed four goals and had two saves in 71:50 of work. Freshman Sydney Rogers was in goal for 18:10 and added two saves.
The Wayne State College women’s soccer team will next visit Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday, October 8 at 1 p.m.
Also announced Friday earlier in the day, the Wayne State College women’s soccer team received the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 2016-17 academic year. This marked the third straight year for the ‘Cats.
To qualify for the award, a team must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the entire academic year.
Wayne State College finished the 2016-17 academic year with a 3.5 grade point average and had 15 of its 24 players register an individual grade point average of 3.5 or better.
WSC was one of seven schools from the NSIC to receive the academic honor and had the second-highest team GPA trailing only Bemidji State (3.57).