Soccer gets sixth win of the season

Sydney Mohr, Sports Reporter

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Despite the changing weather conditions that gave the Winona State University women’s soccer team cold, rain and snow all in one weekend, the Warriors kept the field warm as they continued their winning streak with two games this weekend.

Winona State hosted the University of Minnesota Duluth on Friday, Oct. 12 and St. Cloud State University on Sunday, Oct. 14.

The first game of the weekend started with the Warriors constant movement to keep warm on the field. First-year Yanel Ortiz served as the team’s goalie.

First period fell silent between Duluth and Winona, as Duluth had seven shots on goal all saved by Ortiz, and Winona only had one shot on goal which was saved, along with six other shots that could not seem to find their way into the box.

The second period brought more fire to the field, as both teams fought to gain control over the ball, with more shots being made and substitutions being frequently made as well.

In the 86th minute of the game, senior Abby Bohanski scored her second goal of the season and the first of the game, bringing the Warriors into a 1-0 lead within the last few minutes of the game. The Bulldogs would be unable to respond, as Winona would capture the win.

“I am so incredibly proud of how these girls have been performing in these past few games,” head coach Matt Kellogg said. “The way these girls are interacting with each other and truly just working as a team is astounding.”

The Warriors did not disappoint when it came to Sunday afternoon’s game, though the first period started off a bit rocky with two fouls on St. Cloud State and two counts of offsides and a foul on Winona within the first ten minutes. Shots were rare to begin the day, St. Cloud managed four with only one on goal, and Winona with two shots, neither of which were on goal.

Despite the mixture of rain and snow that started to fall on the turf between period one and two, the Warriors did not let that stop them, as once again Bohanski came in within the second minute of period two and beat the goalie with a dribble and scored her third goal of the season and the first of the game. St. Cloud tried to make a comeback, but only managed three shots with two of those being on goal, with none scoring.

First-year Yanel Ortiz had a yellow card called on her in the 83rd minute, causing a bristle of anger from the Warriors, but the game shortly ended after with yet another victory for the team, marking it their fifth win in-a-row.

As the season begins to wind down, Winona continues to pick up more speed together as a team, hoping to continue to do so during the season’s final stretch. The team has four more games left before the NSIC tournament first rounds starting on Oct. 31.

The Warriors will play next against the University of Mary on Friday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. in Bismarck, North Dakota, and again on Sunday, Oct. 21 against Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota at 12 p.m.