It's a habit head coach Ted Zingman could learn to enjoy. For the second straight game, the Piper women's soccer team grabbed control of a game early and refused to let go. They defeated Minnesota-Morris, 4-0, Saturday at Paterson Field to complete a successful first week of the season. HU finished the first week of non-conference play with a 2-0 won-loss record. They have outscored their opponents, nine goals to none.
Jordan Sammons (Fy., Apple Valley, Minn.), Aileen Scheibner (Fy., Woodbury, Minn.), Hannah Plagman (So., Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Kaylie Sowler (Fy., Snohomish, Wash.) had the goals as HU outshot the Cougars, 23-4. Liz Stock (Sr., Savage, Minn.) handled the first half in goal. Erin Urbanowicz (Fy., Gresham, Ore.) and Molly Jacobs (So., Portland, Ore.) split time in the net in the second half.
Sammons opened the scoring with a feed from Allyse Eide (So., North Pole, Alaska) 24:35 into the game. Four minutes later, Scheibner, who scored twice in Thursday's 5-0 win at UW-Superior, converted a Natalie Cooper (Jr. Stillwater, Minn.) pass to make it 2-0.
It stayed that way until Plagman nailed a nifty shot off a corner kick midway through the second half. Sowler ended the scoring with her first collegiate tally with seven minutes left. HU held a 9-4 edge over UMM in shots on goal with Sammons leading the way with three.
Zingman was able to keep players fresh in the breezy conditions with constant substitution. In all, 24 players saw action.
The Pipers take their 2-0 record to UW-River Falls next Wednesday for a 5:00 p.m. match. They return home next Saturday to face UW-Platteville at Paterson Field. That game also starts at 5:00 p.m.