GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The University of North Dakota women’s soccer team ended Boise State’s four-game shutout streak on Sunday afternoon at Bronson Field, but ultimately fell to the Broncos by a score of 3-1.
“I think we came out a little bit slow and Boise State was able to take advantage of that,” head coach Matt Kellogg said. “But to our credit, the girls battled back and tied it up 1-1, it was key that we came back so quickly after Boise got on the board so they couldn’t go up 2-0. In the second half we made a couple more mistakes and Boise State, to their credit, the great team that they are, made us pay for it.”
I think our girls are starting to really learn the lessons of having to protect the ball, take of it and to maximize our opportunities when we get them. We did create several opportunities; we just couldn’t put them away to make it 2-2.”
Coming in off a win over North Dakota State to open the home schedule, UND looked for another big win at home over Mountain West opponent Boise State. The Broncos had shutout their last four opponents, including three double-overtime games.
Boise State got on the board first in the 22nd minute, but North Dakota answered right back to snap the Broncos streak.
Kirsten Olson put a shot on net and BSU’s goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt made the initial save, but the rebound went to the foot of freshman Michelle Stingle, who put the ball in the back of the net for her first collegiate goal, tying the game at 1-1 in the 31st minute.
However, Boise State scored off a set piece three minutes later to take back the lead.
In the second half the Bronco’s offense upped the pressure, but the UND defense did a great job responding.
Goalkeeper Krisit Hestdalen made five saves in the second half to help keep her side in the game.
“There’s a reason why she’s our career-saves leader, because of day’s like today,” Kellogg commented on Hestdalen’s performance. “My only thought is that we have to step up on the shooters a bit quicker, to prevent her from making all of those saves. But I’m glad she’s back there to save us from time to time.”
With less than four minutes remaining in the game, Boise State’s offense eventually broke through, scoring off a turnover at the top of the UND box.
Hestdalen totaled 10 saves in the match, as Boise State attempted a total of 37 shots. North Dakota put four shots on net, with McDevitt making three saves.
North Dakota now turns its attention to hosting South Dakota on Friday at 4 p.m.