WINONA, Minnesota – The Winona State University women’s soccer team played in a 0-0 tie against the University of Mary at Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium on Sunday, September 25, earning a shutout and a point valuable in the NSIC standings against one of the only two undefeated teams in the league.
The Marauders entered Sunday’s game with a 3-0-2 league record and a 6-0-2 overall record, but were held scoreless by Winona State goaltender Chloe Swanson and a backline of Warrior directed by Bailey Deininger. As a team, WSU also earned the distinction of becoming the first team to knock the Marauders off the scoreboard since Minnesota State Mankato defeated UMary 1-0 in the 2021 NSIC Football Tournament.
In the first half of Sunday’s game, Winona State traded blows with UMary blow for blow as both teams created scoring opportunities from set pieces and the flow of play. UMary’s Olivia Gardner hit the post on a Marauders effort in the 18th minute and WSU saw Reanne Weil force a save from Madisyn Waltman with just three minutes left in the half. Overall for the period, the University of Mary held a narrow shooting advantage, 7-6.
After the break and with the Marauders pressing the offense, Winona State relied on their veteran defense with Deininger in the lead. In the 62nd and 67th minutes, WSU’s Swanson denied UMary’s Mo Malone, providing the Warriors with a pair of key saves at an important moment in the game. Swanson would go on to collect four saves on the day and earn his third shutout of 2022. On the WSU offensive end, Deininger added a shot on goal to the Warrior effort, as did Sarah Strating and Reanne Weil.
The University of Mary finished the game with 15 shots, four on goal and three corner kicks. WSU had seven shots, putting three on the frame and earning a corner. With two points from two games on the NSIC weekend, Winona State takes seventh place after Sunday’s games around the NSIC.
UMary leaves Maxwell Field with a 6-0-3 overall record and a 3-0-3 NSIC roster, while Winona State drops to 4-2-3 on the season and a 2-1-3 mark in the NSIC game. The Warriors will continue their home stand next weekend, when they host Concordia University, St. Paul on Friday, September 30 at 5 p.m. and Minnesota State, Mankato on Sunday, October 2 at 1 p.m.