| North Dakota (1-10-1) vs Northern Colorado (4-4-3)
|Date / Time||Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 | 3 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Bronson Field | Grand Forks, N.D.|
*Click on the PDF link for a complete version of game notesThis Week: North Dakota continues Big Sky Conference action at home with a single game this week, hosting Northern Colorado on Friday at 3 p.m.
Last Time Out: UND started the conference portion of the season with a trip out west, taking on Sacramento State and Portland State. While both games ended in 1-0 losses for UND, they were both closely contested matches. Kristi Hestdalen made a total of 18 saves over the weekend and continues to lead the Big Sky in saves with 87.
Besides an error leading to an early goal against Portland State on Sept. 29, the UND defense played extremely well. The Vikings lead the Big Sky in goals scored (19), and UND kept them at bay for the entire game after the early goal.
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About Northern Colorado: Northern Colorado enters the weekend having tied Sacramento State, 0-0, and losing to Portland State, 3-1. The Bears lead the Big Sky in shutouts with six, but are 8th in the league in goals score (10).
Sophomore forward Essence Ortiz-Laneir leads the Bears with three goals. Senior midfielder Danielle Birdsall is a close second on the team with two goals and one assist.
Senior goalkeeper Natalie D’Adamio has played the vast majority of time in net this season for the Bears, making 64 saves while conceding 14 goals. D’Adamio has posted five shutouts with a 4-4-3 record.
vs the Bears: North Dakota has yet to defeat the Bears, having gone 0-5-0 in the series history against Northern Colorado. Last year North Dakota lost 3-0 in Greeley, Colo. Prior to that match, the two sides hadn’t played each other since 2002. The last game between UNC and UND in Grand Forks took place on Oct. 21, 2001, where the Bears downed UND 6-4.
Quick Goals: Robyn Wujkowski and Andrea Hyduke combined to score the second-fastest pair of goals in program history on Sept. 20. The two notched goals separated by just 35 seconds in the 10th minute against South Dakota.
Ending the Drought: Defeating rival North Dakota State, 4-2, on Sept. 11 ended a 17-game winless streak for UND; a streak which started on Sept. 9, 2012.
Spreding the Wealth: The 4-2 win over NDSU (Sept. 11) marked the first game that North Dakota has received scoring from multiple players since a 3-1 win over South Dakota State on Sept. 7, 2012.
First Goals: Five players have scored their first collegiate goals this season. Freshman Zoe Foster scored her first against Akron on Aug. 25. Freshmen Caitlin Dahl and Robyn Wujkowski, and sophomore Marissa Ricci, all scored their first collegiate goals against North Dakota State on Sept. 11. Andrea Hyduke recorded her first collegiate goal in a 2-2 tie against South Dakota on Sept. 20.
Playing for Keeps: Goalkeeper Kristi Hestdalen (Jr., Pierre, S.D.), one of UND’s six returning starters, is back after a standout sophomore campaign.
Hestdalen ranked second in the Big Sky in saves per game (6.06) and total saves (97) in 2012, the latter ranking fifth in UND single-season history.
Hestdalen has upped her career-saves total to 288 setting the all-time career-saves mark at UND in only 45 games:
Hestdalen also ranks third all time at UND with five career shutouts, her most recent coming in a 4-0 win over Minnesota Crookston last August:
Hestdalen ranks third among goalkeepers nationally with 87 saves on the season.
New Beginnings: This season marks the dawn of a new era for UND soccer under first-year coach Matt Kellogg (Butler ‘00), who inherits a team that went 2-13-1 overall and 0-9 in the Big Sky last season.
Kellogg spent the previous three seasons as head women’s soccer coach at NCAA Division II Ferris State University. Prior to that, he served as assistant women’s soccer coach and recruiting coordinator at a pair of NCAA Division I schools, Morehead (Ky.) State University and the University of Kentucky.
Kellogg took over a Ferris State team that went 3-13-3 in the year prior to his arrival and led the Bulldogs to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament in each of his three seasons at the helm. In 2012, FSU went 9-7-3 and advanced to the GLIAC semifinals for only the second time in program history.
In 2009, Kellogg’s lone season at Morehead State, the Eagles captured the program’s first-ever Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) regular season championship with a 5-0-3 conference record (8-7-4 overall).
At Kentucky, Kellogg served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns. Prior to his stint at UK, Kellogg spent three seasons (2004-07) as an assistant coach at Western Michigan University.
Kellogg’s staff at UND includes assistant coaches Stephanie Webb (Stetson ‘09) and Melissa Raguse (Kennesaw State ‘13).
Aye Aye, Captain: First-year head coach Matt Kellogg announced that fourth-year players Courtney Beckwith (Jr., Henderson, Nev.), Amanda Dahl (Sr., Redmond, Wash.), Anna Jung (Sr., Sandy, Utah) and Noel Scherer (Sr., Fargo, N.D.) will serve as team captains for the 2013 season.
Beckwith, a midfielder from Henderson, Nev., had appeared in 22 career games through her first two seasons at UND. This year she’ll be joined on the roster by her younger sister, freshman midfielder Ashlee Beckwith.
Dahl, a senior forward from Redmond, Wash., scored one goal in 16 games last season and was a second-team All-Great West Conference performer in 2011.
Jung, a senior midfielder from Sandy, Utah, leads all active UND players with 53 career games played. She played in all 16 games a year ago and registered one assist.
Scherer, a midfielder from Fargo, N.D., is UND’s top returning scorer after collecting a career-high two goals and five points in 2012. After playing at center back in the opening weekend against Xavier and Akron, she was named to the Boilermaker Challenge Cup All-Tournament Team.
Poll Position: UND was ranked No. 10 in the 2013 Big Sky Conference Coaches Preseason Poll released earlier in August.
Idaho State and Portland State, who shared the 2012 Big Sky title, were picked to repeat as co-champions:
Big Sky Coaches Preseason Poll
Rk Team (1st place votes) Points
1. Idaho State (4) 68
Portland State (1) 68
3. Montana (2) 65
4. Weber State (2) 58
5. Northern Colorado 57
6. Northern Arizona (1) 43
7. Sacramento State 37
8. Eastern Washington 28
9. Southern Utah 16
10. North Dakota 10
By the Numbers: UND returns 15 letterwinners and six starters from last year’s team.
The returning letterwinner breakdown includes five forwards, five midfielders, four defenders and one goalkeeper.
Hello, My Name Is: UND welcomes to the fold eight newcomers in 2013, including nine incoming freshmen and one sophomore transfer.
The transfer is forward Asia Laudal (Eau Claire, Wis.), who spent her freshman season at Green Bay.
UND’s incoming freshman class includes Ashlee Beckwith (Henderson, Nev.), Kelsey Cartwright (Tempe, Ariz.), Zoe Foster (Canton, Mich.), Sydney Karr (The Woodlands, Texas), Michelle Stingle (Duluth, Minn.), Alexa White (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Robyn Wujkowski (Grand Rapids, Mich.).