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Updated: Saturday 10/09/2013 13:42:54 (ET)
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 North Dakota (1-11-1) vs Montana (3-6-4)
 Date / Time  Friday, Oct. 11, 2013  |  3 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Bronson Field  |  Grand Forks, N.D.
 Live Stats  UNDsports.com
 Live Audio  UNDsports.com
North Dakota (1-11-1) vs Eastern Washington (3-10-0)
 Date / Time  Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013  |  1 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Bronson Field  |  Grand Forks, N.D.
 Live Stats  UNDsports.com
 Live Audio  UNDsports.com

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

This Week: North Dakota continues to look for the program’s first Big Sky Conference win, as UND hosts Montana on Friday at 3p.m., and Eastern Washington on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out: UND battled the cold and rain last Friday, Oct. 4, dropping a conference match to Northern Colorado, 2-1. The Bears got on the board early behind a defensive error by North Dakota. UND started the second half with great offensive pressure and Zoe Foster equalized just two minutes into the start of the half. Unfortunately, UNC scored the eventual game-winner in the 53rd minute to hand of for it’s first conference win of the season. Kristi Hestdalen made a total of six saves in the contest. North Dakota took 12 in the contest, the third most in a single game this season.

Live Coverage: Live stats for Friday’s and Sunday’s contest are available at UNDsports.com.

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 Montana: The Grizzlies come off a pair of weekend losses at home, losing to Sacramento State, 3-0, and Portland State, 1-0. Along with North Dakota, Montana is the only other team in the Big Sky without a conference win.

Montana has been out-scored by its opponents 18-13 so far this season. Mackenzie Akins leads her team with eight points, stemming from two goals and four assists. Both India Watne and Tyler Adair have three goals to their credit.

Goalkeeper Kendra McMillen has played all but one game in net for the Grizzlies. The senior has posted 58 saves while conceding 17 goals. She has recorded all three wins for Montana, going 3-5-4 while in net this season.

vs The Grizzlies: Friday’s meeting marks just the second meeting in Grand Forks between the two teams. The lone game in Grand Forks, on Sept. 18, 2011, is the only win UND has posted over Montana in the five-game history of the series. Last season was the first Big Sky Conference matchup between the two sides and the Grizzlies posted a 4-0 win over UND in Missoula, Mont., Oct. 7, 2012.

About Eastern Washington: The Eagles are coming off a weekend split with Portland State and Sacramento State. EWU was shutout by the Pioneers, 2-0, but rebounded to down the Hornets, 2-1, in overtime.

Junior Cassie Black broke EWU’s record for career goals (18) with an overtime game-winner Sunday against Sacramento State. Black also upped her game-winning goal total to eight, a mark that already led all players, past and present, at EWU.

Junior Kayla Sutter, with an assist on Black’s goal Sunday, has now moved within one assist of tying EWU’s single-season record (4). The record, which has four other players laying claim to it including current Eagle Haley Stading, has been met by a different EWU player each of the last three seasons.

Junior Cassie Black broke EWU’s record for career goals (18) with an overtime game-winner Sunday against Sacramento State. Black also upped her game-winning goal total to eight, a mark that already led all players, past and present, at EWU.

vs The Eagles: Sunday’s game will mark the second meeting between the two programs. The Eagles are playing North Dakota for the first time ever in Grand Forks, N.D., and are making their second trip both this season and in program history to the Peace Garden State.

Cassie Black registered her first collegiate career hat trick and tied Eastern’s single-game scoring record to highlight a strong performance by the Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team in a 4-1 victory over North Dakota on Oct. 5, 2012.

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 294 setting the all-time career-saves mark at UND in only 46games:

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 fourth among goalkeepers nationally with 93 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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