Mavericks Advance Over CSM

Mavericks now advance to the semifinals of the Central Region. MSU will battle #5 Metro State, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Nov. 14, 2008

Denver, Colo. - Sophomore forward Laura Leber (Council Bluffs, Iowa) scored three goals as the #16 Minnesota State women’s soccer team defeated Colorado School of the Mines, 3-1, in the first round of the Division II NCAA Tournament. Leber falls one goal short of tying the NCAA Division II record for goals in a match, set by Minna Mustonen of Franklin Pierce in 2000.

The Mavericks (16-3-2 overall, 10-2-1 final NSIC) now advance to the semifinals of the Central Region. MSU will battle #5 Metro State, Sunday at 1 p.m. MT in Denver, Colo. The Roadrunners host the first two rounds of the tournament, as they were the #1 team in the Central Region.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment for our program,” said head coach Peter McGahey. “The girls showed up today. It was a good effort all across the board. (The win) continues the tradition of success of the program.”

Leber scored her first goal at 18:13 to give MSU a 1-0 advantage. She was assisted by senior defender Kelly Sadler (Sioux Falls, S.D.). The goal came on a cross from Sadler. Her second goal gave MSU a 2-0 lead at 26:15. This time she was assisted by sophomore forward Jessie Audas (Omaha, Neb.)

CSM scored early in the second half at 47:18.

Leber tallied her final goal of the match at 61:10. She was assisted by junior midfielder Gina Paletta (Omaha, Neb.) and senior forward Carly Petersen (Verona, Wis.).

Junior goalkeeper Sheila Reynolds (St. Charles, Ill.) made four saves in the match.

Match Notes:
The win marked the fourth in program history at the NCAA tournament. Overall, MSU is 3-3-1 in the postseason with the one tie resulting in a shootout win last season. MSU outshot the Mines 18-13, getting seven shots on goal to CSM’s five. MSU held CSM’s forward Kayla Mitchell without a goal in the match. Heading into today’s match Mitchell was tied for fourth in the nation in goals with 22.

Laura Leber Notes:
The three goals and six points is a career-high for Leber. She earned her 10, 11 and 12 goals of the season, owning the team lead. Her 27 points leads the team, as does her seven game-winning goals of the season.

Reynolds Notes:
She is tied for first on the season wins list at MSU, tying the record of 16 set by Nicole Johannson last season. Reynolds has 84 saves on the season, placing her fifth on the single season saves list at MSU. She has 107 saves in her career and is fifth on MSU’s on the all-time saves list. Her 11 shutouts this season is the single season record at MSU. She owns a 0.58 goals against average, ranking her first on the school’s single season list for lowest goals against average.

Metro State Notes:
The Roadrunners are 17-1-3 overall and won the RMAC regular season with a 11-0-2 record. They also earned the RMAC tournament title with a 1-0 victory against Regis. Metro State's one loss came at the feet of the Mavericks, Aug. 28, in Mankato. MSU used an overtime goal from junior forward Natalie Bullis at the 99:44 mark. MSU rebounded from a 2-0 deficit and scored its two goals at 76:59 and 84:19 off cornerkicks. Metro State won the national championship in 2004 and 2006.

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