Soccer slowly loses sight of playoff hopes

Mitchell Breuer, Sports Editor

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It was a tough weekend for the Winona State University women’s soccer team.

Needing wins to help them with their playoff standing, the Warriors looked to capture two wins.

The weekend started Friday, Nov. 1 at home against Southwest Minnesota State University, where the Warriors looked to continue last week’s momentum.

The game started off slow, with neither team scoring in the first 45 minutes.

Heading into the second half, both teams took the opportunity to break ahead.

In the end it was the Mustangs who would strike, scoring a goal at the 62:43 mark of the game, giving them a one-point advantage.

The Warriors attempted to battle back, but were ultimately held scoreless handing SMSU the win.

“I thought our kids battled hard for the full 90 minutes so I was proud of them and their effort there,” head coach Matt Kellogg said.

Despite the loss, the Warriors hung tough with the Mustangs throughout the game, matching them on matching them on shots and saves in the first half.

“We knew coming in it was going to be a tough game,” Kellogg said. “Southwest has really done a great job building their program over the last couple of years and you can see that with what they do on the field. We didn’t take advantage of a couple of chances we had early in the game and then in the second half we let the game get away from us and Southwest are a good team and they took advantage of the one chance that they got in the second half and put it away and we just weren’t able to come back from it unfortunately.”

The failure to capture the win meant the Warriors would have to head into their final road game of the regular season needing a win. However, Kellogg was confident in his team’s ability.

“I think we have a very good chance of winning both and if we win both I think that puts us in a good position to get in the playoffs,” Kellogg said. “Playoffs, that’s the second season, everybody’s 0-0 and anything can happen. And we’re just going to put our heads down and get back to work tomorrow and practice and get ready for Sioux Falls.”

Unfortunately for the Warriors, Sunday did not go any better.

The team suffered another close defeat, losing 1-2 to the University of Sioux Falls.

The lone Winona State goal of the weekend came from senior, Mariah Northrop.

With the losses, the team’s record falls to 7-10.

Winona State will wrap up their regular season Friday Nov. 8 at home against Upper Iowa University, with the start at 5 p.m.