Winona State defeats Minnesota Duluth behind Riley Harmon’s two-goal game
DULUTH, Minn. – The Winona State University women’s soccer team earned a key NSIC victory on Sunday, Sept. 18, as senior Riley Harmon scored twice in a 3-1 win over WSU at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Harmon’s goals – one in each half – led the Warrior offense which responded favorably after being shut out Friday in a 2-0 loss to SCSU. Winona State also capitalized on a UMD error when the Bulldogs scored an own goal just two minutes after Harmon opened the scoring that day.
Harmon’s first goal was assisted by Jaida Wiege and came in the 13th minute of play. UMD’s own goal came at 14:06 to give WSU a 2-0 lead less than 15 minutes after the start of the match.
Minnesota Duluth responded with her own goal when the Bulldogs’ Hannah Caldwell beat Winona State goaltender Chloe Swanson. Caldwell’s goal ended the scoring for both teams in the first half and the teams headed to the locker room with the Warriors leading 2-1.
After the break, UMD continued to pressure Winona State, with the home team beating WSU in the second half, 4-2. However, one of the two shots the Warriors generated in the 45 seconds found the back of the net, as Harmon hit paydirt again, this time with an assist from Grace Seim. For the Mundeline, Illinois elder, the second-half strike was her third goal of the season, tying her with Wiege for the team lead.
The physical contest saw a combined 22 fouls between the two sides and Warrior captain Reanne Weil shown a yellow card at 46:50. UMD also got a final warning in the second half when Eliana Maricano was given the yellow. Swanson recorded four saves in the game and Minnesota Duluth held an 11-5 shooting advantage over WSU for the game.
The Warrior’s victory over the Bulldogs led Winona State’s winning streak over UMD to five straight, dating back to 2017. WSU has won eight of the last nine meetings between the two teams.
Winona State (4-2-1, 2-1-1 NSIC) completes an epic seven-game road streak to start the 2022 campaign and will return to Altra Federal Credit Union Stadium for its first regular season games at home. weekend. WSU will host Minot State on Friday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. The Warriors will also host the University of Mary on Sunday, September 25 at noon.
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The Winona State University Intercollegiate Athletics Department, as an integral part of the institution’s educational mission, is committed to providing opportunities to experience academic and athletic excellence at our student-athletes through two simple words: Graduate champions.
Fourteen Warrior programs compete at the NCAA Division II level within the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Winona State University competes as an affiliate member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in the sport of women’s gymnastics.