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This Week: North Dakota soccer returns home to Bronson Field to host Boise State on Sunday at 1 p.m. UND then finishes its three-game homestand against South Dakota on Friday, Sept. 20.
Last Time Out: UND recorded its first win of the season knocking off in-state rival North Dakota State, 4-2, on Wednesday at Bronson Field. North Dakota received scoring from four different players, three of which scored their first collegiate goal.
Freshman Caitlin Dahl opened the scoring in the 11th minute when she fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box. Fellow freshman Robyn Wujkowski gave UND a two-goal lead in the 50th minute tapping in a loose ball off a scramble in front of the NDSU net. Zoe Foster scored her second goal of the season when she stole the ball in the attacking third and carried it down, scoring on the far side of the net. Sophomore Marissa Ricci scored her first collegiate goal after receiving a pass from Wujkowski on a two-on-two play. Junior goalkeeper Kristi Hestdalen made five saves in net to record her eighth career win.
The four goals scored in the contest is the most by UND since scoring four goals against South Dakota in a 4-4 tie on Aug. 26, 2012. In the previous game, UND scored four goals in a shutout win against Minnesota Crookston on Aug. 24, 2012.
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About Boise State: The Broncos begin a six-game road stretch, taking on North Dakota State Friday, before playing UND on Sunday. Boise State enters the weekend having shutout its last two opponents, but also failing to score against either, playing both Washington State and Big Sky member Weber State to 0-0 ties.
The Broncos have only scored five goals this season, with three coming off the foot of sophomore midfielder Brooke Heidemann. Shannon Schueren and Rebe Wolverton have the other two goals for Boise State. Junior goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt has played every minute in net for BSU this season, making 19 saves with five goals against.
On Aug. 25, Boise State defeated Creighton, 2-1, at home. Creighton defeated UND 6-0 on Aug. 30.
vs Boise State: Sunday’s match will be the first meeting between the two teams.
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.
Team Effort: 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: Four 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.
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 249 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.).