NCAA SOCCER: Mustangs, Mavericks play to tie

MANKATO – A Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game that featured its top two teams and two National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top 25 teams ended in a 0-0 stalemate as No. 25 Southwest Minnesota State and No. 2 Minnesota State each earned a point for the double overtime tie.

The Mavericks came into the weekend with the NCAA’s ninth highest scoring offense.

It was the first time that Minnesota State hadn’t recorded a score since Sept. 15, when the Mavericks were shutout by No. 2 Grand Valley State, 2-0.

Having defeated Sioux Falls 7-0 a day prior, Minnesota State came into the game versus the Mustangs firing on all cylinders and carried with them a 32-game NSIC and home unbeaten streak. The Mavericks extended both streaks to 33 by forcing a 0-0 tie with SMSU.

SMSU goalkeeper Brienna Dehkes recorded a career-high 12 saves in the shutout en route to her her second consecutive shutout and eighth this season. Dehkes is now 13-1-1 in net for the Mustangs with a 0.58 goal allowed average and 71 saves in 2013.

The Mustangs were not without scoring opportunities in the tie. Arguably, the best opportunity came in the first overtime, when Vanesa Corona had a free kick from the 18-yard line. MSU goalkeeper Lauren Hoeppner came up with a match-saving stop to keep the Mustangs at bay. Corona’s shot was one of SMSU’s 13 shots on the day. MSU managed 25 shots against the Mustangs but none beat Dehkes.

The second overtime saw MSU fire off seven shots, while SMSU didn’t record a shot.

Each team earned a point in the conference standings with the tie as Minnesota State now owns 37 points and SMSU has 34 points.

SMSU (14-1-1, 11-1-1) returns to The Schwan Regional Event Center in Marshall for the final regular season home game Thursday for an afternoon showdown with Wayne State. SMSU lost 2-0 last season to the Wildcats to end the 2012 campaign on a four-game losing streak.

SMSU 3, Concordia 0

ST. PAUL – The No. 25-ranked Southwest Minnesota State women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to three Saturday with a 3-0 road victory over Concordia-St. Paul.

SMSU improved to 14-1 overall and remained in sole possession of second place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with an 11-1 mark.

SMSU jumped on Concordia early Saturday with Miranda Cadena scoring her team-leading 11th goal in the 13th minute off an assist from Kendahl Fisher to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. Less than a minute later, the Mustangs added to the lead as Corona scored off a pass from Fisher to make the score 2-0.

Fisher now has 11 assists on the season setting a new school single-season record.

The Mustangs closed the scoring in the 84th minute, when Justine Hauck registered her fifth goal of the season off an assist from Cadena to push the final margin to 3-0.

SMSU finished the match with 19 shots, including 13 on-goal. Cadena led the Mustangs with four shots on goal, while Naomi Peterson and Corona each added two shots on goal.

Dehkes made one save and recorded her seventh shutout of the season.