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This Week: North Dakota opens its home schedule with a midweek match against in-state rival North Dakota State on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. After entertaining the Bison, UND returns to Bronson Field to host Boise State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Last Time Out: UND finished its three-week road stint with games at Western Illinois and Iowa State on Sept. 6 and Sept. 8, respectively. Against the Leathernecks, North Dakota conceded two goals, one in each half, and was unable to find the scoreboard. At Iowa State, the Cyclones posted three first-half goals en route to a 4-0 loss for North Dakota. Goalkeeper Kristi Hestdalen made a total of 15 saves over the weekend, becoming the all-time career saves leader at UND.
Live Coverage: Live stats for Wednesday’s contest are available at UNDSports.com. Weather permitting, there will be a live video stream of the match also available at UNDSports.com for UND Insider subscribers. If there is no video, free audio will be provided instead.
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About North Dakota State: The Bison come to Grand Forks on a two-game winning streak, having defeated Idaho, 3-2, on Sept. 6 and Minnesota Duluth, 3-1, on Sept. 8. On the season, NDSU is 3-3-0, with losses coming at the hands of Minnesota, Hofstra and St. John’s. Additionally, North Dakota State has yet to win a road game this season, going 0-3-0 at away venues. The Bison have been out-shot by their opponents 122-48.
Freshman midfielder Lauren Miller and junior forward Anisha Kinnarath lead the Bison with four goals each. Miller has an additional three assists to her name for a total of 11 points. Only two other NDSU players have scored goals, Katie Tallas and Mikayla Jacobson.
North Dakota State has played both goalkeepers, Katie McCorkmick and Sierra Bonham, in net so far this season. Bonham started the first five games of the season and has conceded 14 goals on 53 shots faced. McCormick made her first appearance this season in relief after Bonham gave up five goals to St. John’s. McCormick later started and played all 90 minutes against Minnesota Duluth, conceding just one goal on five shots.
vs North Dakota State: UND has an all-time record of 3-4-1 against North Dakota State. Last year the Bison posted a 3-0 scoreline over North Dakota in Grand Forks. In 2011, the two sides tied 2-2 in Fargo and in 2010 NDSU edged UND 4-3 in Fargo. Prior to 2010, the last time the teams played each other was in 2003, with North Dakota claiming a 2-1 victory over the Bison.
Looking to snap the streak: North Dakota is looking for its first win of the season and wanting to snap a 17-game winless streak which extends back to Sept. 9, 2012. The last win for UND came on Sept. 7, 2012 against South Dakota State, 3-1 in Grand Forks.
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 244 setting the all-time career-saves mark at UND in only 39 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.
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 nine 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.), Hannah Halterman (Rosemount, Minn.), Sydney Karr (The Woodlands, Texas), Michelle Stingle (Duluth, Minn.), Alexa White (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Robyn Wujkowski (Grand Rapids, Mich.).