Women's Soccer: Paige Johnson competes for Northern State

The Park Rapids graduate scored her first collegiate goal this season.

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Park Rapids' Paige Johnson (left) played 19 games as a center defender for the Northern State University women's soccer team during the 2022 season.
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ABERDEEN, South Dakota – Park Rapids’ Paige Johnson scored her first collegiate goal to highlight her junior season as a center defender for the Northern State University women's soccer team this fall.

Johnson played in all 19 games, including 15 as a starter, as the Wolves finished fifth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings with a 7-3-5 record while going 9-5-5 overall.

During the season, Johnson took seven shots with two shots on goal. Johnson scored the game-winner in a 2-0 win over Sioux Falls on Oct. 7.

In the other conference games, Northern State defeated Crookston 4-0, Wayne State 4-0, University of Mary 1-0, Upper Iowa 1-0, St. Cloud State 1-0 and Minnesota State University Moorhead 3-0 while tying Augustana (0-0), Concordia St. Paul (1-1), Minnesota State Mankato (0-0), Southwest Minnesota State (2-2) and Winona State (1-1). The Wolves lost to Bemidji State (1-0), Minot State (2-1) and Minnesota Duluth (1-0).

Minnesota State Mankato won the NSIC regular season title with an 11-0-4 record while Bemidji State (10-1-4), Augustana (10-4-1) and Minot State (8-1-6) also finished ahead of Northern State. Following the Wolves were Winona State (7-4-4), University of Mary (7-4-4), Concordia St. Paul (7-4-4), Minnesota Duluth (7-5-3), St. Cloud State (6-5-4), Southwest Minnesota State (3-8-4), Wayne State (3-9-3), MSU Moorhead (2-10-3), Upper Iowa (1-10-4), Sioux Falls (0-9-6) and Minnesota Crookston (1-13-1).


The No. 5-seeded Wolves saw their season end with a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Minot State in the NSIC quarterfinals on Oct. 31. Bemidji State shut out Minot State 2-0 in overtime to win the NSIC Tournament Championship.

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1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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