UMM Soccer Stuns St. Scholastica, Football Falls To MacMurray 15 Oct 17

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FOOTBALL
MORRIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris football team faced a tough test Saturday at Big Cat Stadium in UMAC-leading and undefeated MacMurray. The Highlanders showed why they have yet to face defeat by putting up 43 first half points in handing the Cougars a 49-13 setback.

MacMurray did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard as they took the opening drive 65 yards on six plays that culminated with a 6-yard touchdown rush from Marquez Ellison.

The Cougars went three-and-out on their first series, but a Drew Shipley 58-yard punt pinned MacMurray inside their own 1. Highlander quarterback Nathan Randall tried a sneak on the first play to gain a little more room, but fumbled the football and it was recovered by UMM’s Connor Oldenburg at the 1. Justin Masloski punched it in from there and the Cougars trailed 7-6 after the missed PAT.

The Highlanders countered quickly as Marquez Ellison got in from six yards again to make 13-6. MacMurray drove 90 yards on 10 plays in just 2:48 as they used a no-huddle offense throughout the entire contest.

MacMurray used big plays to score four touchdowns in the second quarter. Randall hit Demetrius Curry for an 88-yard score that made it 27-6. He later connected with Devonta Preston for a 37-yard strike to make it 35-6. Late in the half, Chris Blanchard intercepted a Masloski pass and returned it 84 yards down the left sideline for a score to put MacMurray up 43-6.

Later, Masloski hit Taylor Holleman for an 11-yard touchdown completion with two seconds left in the high scoring first half.

Masloski threw for a season-high 237 yards and rushed for 50 more. Nathan Sheridan caught seven balls for 70 yards and Holleman had six receptions for 60 yards.

Defensively, Shipley had a stellar game with 17 tackles and two interceptions. Nathan Gehlen had two sacks and three tackles for loss.

Minnesota Morris (1-6, 1-5 in UMAC) travels to Mount Pleasant, Iowa next Saturday for a date with Iowa Wesleyan.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
MORRIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris women’s soccer team played host to St. Scholastica Saturday and dropped a 4-0 decision to the Saints in UMAC action at the Cougar Soccer Field.

Megan Tschida had another double-digit save performance in net for the Cougars with 13; she stopped 14 shots in the previous game at Northwestern.

St. Scholastica’s Becca Rancour scored two of her three goals in the first half as the Saints outshot the Cougars 24-4 and held a 17-2 edge in shots on goal.

Minnesota Morris (6-7-1, 4-4-1 in UMAC) travels to New Ulm Tuesday for a game at Martin Luther.

MEN’S SOCCER
MORRIS, Minn. – St. Scholastica came into Morris Saturday afternoon riding an NCAA record 102-game unbeaten streak in regular season conference contests. Minnesota Morris sophomore Gabe Arreguin put an end to the eight-year streak as his overtime game-winner gave the Cougars a 1-0 win in UMAC men’s soccer action at the Cougar Soccer Field.

Minnesota Morris also gave St. Scholastica their last UMAC setback when the Cougars posted a 1-0 victory in Morris, October 3, 2009.

In a game played in cold, rainy conditions, the teams played evenly through 90 scoreless minutes. Each team had five shots on goal and St. Scholastica held a slight 18-15 edge in total shots. Cody Christ made all five shots he faced to record the win.

The Cougars survived a St. Scholastica attack early in the overtime. Christ made a save, another shot hit the crossbar while two other shots went wide.

In the seventh minute of overtime, the Saints turned the ball over in their own end; Arreguin picked up the loose ball, dribbled to his left and struck a shot into the upper left corner of the net to give the Cougars the huge victory.

Minnesota Morris (7-7-1, 5-3-1 in UMAC) next plays Tuesday at Martin Luther.