EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Just a few hours after losing the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament on Sunday the University of Minnesota Duluth softball team had their eyes on another prize: the return of Mandy Matula, a former teammate.
Losing a championship is heartbreaking. But nothing hurts more than losing Matula, said senior Michaela Goris. Matula and Goris were teammates when Matula played for the Bulldogs from 2007 to 2011.
Though she didn't wear the uniform anymore she was always at games.
No her teammates want to be there for her.
"We've been searching through all the marshes, going through all the trails trying to look for evidence of clothing or any rocks that have been overturned or anything that we can find," Maddie Bilse, a junior, said
"That's the least we can do and the girls have felt that way as soon as we were out of the tournament that's the first thing we wanted to do," Coach Jen Banford said.
They searched three parks in Eden Prairie and Minnetonka hoping for any signs of Matula.
"We did it because we love Mandy. I mean how could we possibly go back to Duluth without even giving it a chance to find her. As a teammate we're like sisters so how can you pass up looking for your sister," Goris said.
Their search turned up empty but they're hoping someone somewhere will find a clue that leads to Matula.
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