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Hermann scores 2, freshmen flourish in Wesmen win

Third-year forward Danielle Herman had a pair of goals to pace the Wesmen past Minnesota-Crookston on Monday. (Wesmen file photo)
Third-year forward Danielle Herman had a pair of goals to pace the Wesmen past Minnesota-Crookston on Monday. (Wesmen file photo)

The Winnipeg Wesmen got their 2018 soccer season off to a blazing start Monday in Grand Forks, N.D.

Third-year forward Danielle Hermann scored a pair of goals and the Wesmen cruised to a 5-0 win over the Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles in a non-conference match.

The Wesmen also got splendid debuts from a handful of their incoming freshmen class, including first-years Alycia Mann and Sage Hryciw-Pang, who both scored goals in their first U of W appearance.

Shae-Lynn Dodds, a second-year forward, had the other Wesmen goal.

Hermann got things started early, scoring in the second minute on a strike from about 20 yards out. She followed that just eight minutes later, putting the Wesmen up 2-0. Hermann finished a cross from Dodds moments after Olivia Orman, a transfer from Red Deer College making her Wesmen debut, won the ball in the midfield and started the transition into the attacking third.

The Wesmen went up 3-0 in the 18th minute when Mann struck from 15 yards out for her first-ever Wesmen goal.

Dodds made it 4-0 in the 79th when Mya Lee, another freshman making her first appearance for the Wesmen, sprung her free from the midfield.

Hryciw-Pang finished the scoring less than a minute later on a strike that was set up by fellow freshman Sophie Fonseca.

Madison Fordyce, who recorded three clean sheets during the Canada West conference season in 2017, earned the victory in net for the Wesmen.

"I wanted to keep the game plan fairly simple," head coach Amy Anderson said. "It's the first game and you don't want to be focusing on 10 things at once, so we tried to keep it really simple today and focus on getting lots of shots off."

Anderson was pleased her first-year players were able to get on the sheet in their first look at post-secondary soccer.

"It's great for them and the team for sure and it helps with their confidence," Anderson said.

Crookston competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference of the NCAA and finished 0-12-3 in 2017.

The Wesmen will take on another D2 foe Tuesday when they head to Moorhead, Minn., to face the Minnesota State-Moorhead Dragons in a 3 p.m. start that continues this three-game road trip through North Dakota and Minnesota. Winnipeg will face Bemidji State on Wednesday. 

"I really feel it's about progression, and our challenge is going to get higher as we go," Anderson said. "Not to downplay today, I know it's good, but we'll need to get better as we go along for sure."