Photo: Mackenzie Worthy (#15) capped the Crusaders’ scoring on Sunday with a goal in the 79th minute and added an assist. File photo by Russell Marwitz/True To The Cru/russellmarwitz.com
DULUTH, Minn.- In a match that saw its start time pushed up 15 minutes due to unseasonably warm temperatures in the upper midwest on Sunday, the 25th-ranked UMHB women’s soccer team’s offensive attack did not cool off.
The Cru found the back of the net three times and held possession for the majority of the contest, leaving Minnesota with a 3-0 victory over the College of St. Scholastica (CSS). UMHB is now off to a 2-0 start for the second straight season.
CSS, who allowed eight goals in Friday’s match against Hardin-Simmons, struggled in containing the attack, as UMHB tallied 48 shots. Meanwhile, UMHB’s defensive effort was top-notch, limiting CSS to just two shots, neither of which were on goal.
The first of UMHB’s shots to get past CSS goalkeeper Brianna Jorgenson came off the right foot of Breland Mungia, who took a pass from Mackenzie Worthy and sent it to the right side of the goal in the game’s 21st minute.
After taking a 1-0 lead into halftime, UMHB wasted little time in adding to its advantage. In the 47th minute–just one minute, 28 seconds into the second half–Natalie Mason took a pass along the left sideline and broke away. With just one defender to beat, the senior took a few steps to the right and let a shot fly from about 25 yards out. It sailed over the head of Jorgenson and into the back of the goal; an impressive shot that added to UMHB’s momentum.
After assisting on UMHB’s first goal, Worthy added one of her own in the 79th minute, taking a perfect pass from Constance White as the Cru raced downfield. Worthy fired the shot from short-range; a 15-yard strike that capped UMHB’s first win by three or more goals since Oct. 20, 2022.
- UMHB’s 48 shots was the third-highest number of shots recorded in a match in program history, tying a Sept. 16, 2006 performance against Howard Payne
- It is also the first time that UMHB has finished a match with 40 or more shots since 2015.
- The Crusaders have previously recorded just five seasons in program history with a game in which they tallied 40 or more shots.
- 16 of those 48 shots were on goal, making this the 11th straight season that UMHB has tallied at last 16 shots on goal in a match.
- UMHB held CSS to zero shots on goal, which was the first time The Cru did so since Sept. 16, 2022 against Hendrix College.
- Interestingly, last year’s meeting between the Saints and Crusaders saw CSS record six shots on goal, which was the most in a single game against UMHB during the entire regular season.
- Mungia, Mason, and Worthy all scored in the victory, marking the first time since Oct. 6, 2022, that three different Crusaders finished a match with a goal.
- Constance White’s assist on Worthy’s goal late in the match was the first assist of White’s collegiate career.
- Worthy tallied 12 shots, which is the third-most recorded by a single player in a match in program history.
UMHB returns to Belton for a Sept. 9 duel against Ohio Northern at 7 p.m. A 2022 NCAA Tournament team, ONU began its season with a 0-0 tie against Wittenberg and faced No. 2-ranked Case Western Reserve on Sunday afternoon. That match was in the first half at the time of this writing.