(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – University of Central Missouri Jennies’ soccer (2-0) picked up a 2-1 win over Minnesota State University (1-1) Sunday afternoon at home.
The Jennies used two goals in the second half to go a perfect 2-0 in their first two matches of the season.
The Jennies and Mavericks battled in the first half, with neither team able to find the back of the net. Jennies’ goalkeeper Morgan Hartzler picked up two of her game-high five saves in the first half to help preserve the 0-0 score going into halftime.
The second half began much like the first, both teams battled and held each other scoreless until five minutes into the half when Jennies’ striker Aaryn Burke broke through the Maverick’s defense and pounded the ball to the left of Minnesota State goalkeeper Molly McGough, giving the Jennies the 1-0 lead. The Mavericks struck 20 minutes later though when Korey Kronforst controlled a short pass from Brittany Henry and slotted it just out of reach to left the of Hartzler, knotting the match up 1-1. It looked as though the match was destined for extra time but some late match heroics by Jennies’ midfielder Kayla Shain made sure that wasn’t going to happen.
In the 88th minute, just two minutes before regulation time ended, Shain controlled a perfectly placed cross pass from Becky Lackey on the left side of the goal and powered the ball past Maverick’s keeper McGough for the thrilling 2-1 victory.
The Jennies hit the road next Thursday when the travel to North Dakota for a pair of non-conference, in-region road matches. Central will face the University of Mary Thursday in Bismarck, N.D. at 7:30 p.m. then travel north Saturday to Minot, N.D. for a noon match with Minot State University.