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Game Notes: Soccer starts Big Sky action
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Updated: Tuesday 09/24/2013 12:09:18 (ET)
by Ross LaDue, UND Media Relations
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 North Dakota (1-8-1) vs Sacramento State (4-4-1)
 Date / Time  Friday, Sept. 27, 2013  |  6 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Hornet Field  |  Sacramento, Calif.
 Live Stats  HornetSports.com
North Dakota (1-8-1) vs Portland State (3-4-1)
 Date / Time  Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013  |  3 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Hillsboro Stadium  |  Portland, Ore.
 Live Stats  GoViks.com
 Live Video  AmericaOneSports.com

*Click on the PDF link for a complete version of game notes

This Week: North Dakota begins conference action this weekend with a trip out west. UND starts the Big Sky slate with a match against Sacramento State on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT). After taking on the Hornets, UND heads north to Portland State for a game against the Vikings on Sunday at 3 p.m. (CT).

Last Time Out: UND finished a three game homestand with a contest against South Dakota on Sept. 20. North Dakota took an early 2-0 lead in the game, scoring two goals in the 10th minute. Freshman Robyn Wujkowski scored her second goal of the season, while sophomore Andrea Hyduke scored her first collegiate goal just 35 seconds later. The two goals marked the second-fastest pair of goals scored in program history. However, the Coyotes battled back to force an eventual 2-2 tie.

On Sept. 22, UND traveled to Brookings, S.D., for a game against South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits jumped out to an early lead, scoring 48 seconds into the start of the game. North Dakota equalized in the 37th minute when Kirsten Olson netted a penalty kick-goal. Unfortunately, SDSU scored a total of five unanswered goals before full time to post a 6-1 decision over UND.

Live Coverage: Live stats for Friday’s contest are available at HornetSports.com and live stats for Sunday’s game are available at GoViks.com. A live video stream of Sunday’s game against Portland State will be available through AmericaOneSports.com/BigSky.asp. Free registration is required to access the video stream.

New in 2013, live video webcasts of select home matches will be available with a UND Insider subscription at UNDsports.com. Matches without video will instead have a free audio stream.

Social Media: Receive daily coverage by following @UNDsoccer, the official Twitter account of the University of North Dakota soccer program. For additional coverage, follow assistant media relations director/soccer contact Ross LaDue at @rladue.

For more UND Athletics information, follow @UNDsports.

About Sacramento State: Sac State enters the weekend with a 4-4-1 record, having just defeated Pacific, 2-1. The Hornets have scored a total of 11 goals this season, with more than half (6) coming from sophomore forward Alyssa Anderson.

Freshman goalkeeper Hannah Gendron has started the last two games for Sac State, giving up a total of three goals in a 2-2 tie and a 2-1 win. Junior goalkeeper Kimberly Mata has played in seven games for the Hornets and has a 3-3-0 record with nine goals against.

vs the Hornets: Last year marked the first meeting between the two teams and North Dakota’s first Big Sky Conference match. Sacramento took last year’s game, 1-0, in Grand Forks on Sept. 21, 2012. The Hornets scored in the 14th minute, and out-shot UND 20-12 in the contest.

About Portland State: Portland State is coming off a 0-0 tie against San Francisco last weekend at home. Prior to that, PSU went 1-1 at the Outriggers Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic in Manoa, Hawaii; losing, 1-0, to Florida Gulf Coast and shutting out Hawaii, 2-0.

Eryn Brown leads the Vikings with five goals and three assists this season. PSU has out-scored its opponents 15-12 through eight games.

Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Plese has started seven games and posted a 3-3-1 record. She’s given up a total of nine goals with a 1.28 goals against average.

vs the Vikings: Last year also marked the first meeting between PSU and UND. Portland State downed UND, 3-1, in Grand Forks on Sept. 23, 2012. North Dakota got on the board first with a goal from Noel Scherer in the 21st minute. Unfortunately, Portland State recorded two goals and a UND own goal to take the 3-1 win.

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.

Spreading 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 270 setting the all-time career-saves mark at UND in only 43 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 fifth among goalkeepers nationally with 69 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.).

 

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