Sports Briefs

MSU ousted from NSIC soccer tourney

FAIRBAULT, Minn. – The sixth-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato women’s soccer team scored twice near the end of each half to defeat Minot State 5-2 Wednesday in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament.

No. 1 seed Mankato (16-2-1) led 3-0 at halftime, but eighth-seeded MSU (7-8-3) scored twice in the first 12 minutes of the second frame to pull within one.

Junior forward Zoe Fisher assisted on senior wingback Jazmine Whitlock’s goal, then found the net off a feed from freshman Chloe Melton. But the Mavericks responded with a Rebecca Pederson tally less than a minute after Fisher’s score and added another insurance goal in the 81st minute.

“We were down one in the second half after giving up three,” MSU coach Jason Spain said in a press release. “You can’t ask for much more than that against this good of a team. We just gave up two at the end of each half and we can’t allow that to happen.”

Mankato held a 15-4 advantage in shots on goal.

The loss marked the final match for five MSU seniors, including defender and captain Taylor Carlstrom, who leaves the fourth-year program as the Beavers’ all-time leader in matches played (72) and minutes played (5,549).

WSC’s Haugeberg named Mon-Dak Player of Week

Williston State College freshman guard McKayla Haugeberg was named the Mon-Dak Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after her performance in a pair of wins this weekend.

The Watford City High School product averaged 17.5 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in victories against the University of Jamestown JV and Minot Air Force Base.

The Tetons (2-0) host the Nodak All-Stars on Friday.

Hoops teams headline MSU noon luncheon

The Minot State University basketball teams will make their first appearance at the MSU Noon Luncheon Series on Friday at Seven’s Restaurant in the Vegas Motel.

Men’s coach Matt Murken and women’s coach Sheila Green Gerding are scheduled to speak, along with student-athletes from both teams. Morgan Klose and Carly Boag will represent the women’s team, while Samuel Johnson and Matt Yale will appear for the men.

The event costs $9 per person and is open to the public.