| North Dakota (2-14-1) vs Idaho State (6-7-2)
|Date / Time||Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 | 3 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Bronson Field | Grand Forks, N.D.|
|North Dakota (2-14-1) vs Weber State (8-4-3)
|Date / Time||Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 | 1 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Bronson Field | Grand Forks, N.D.|
*Click on the PDF link for a complete version of game notesThis Week: North Dakota wraps up the 2012 season hosting Idaho State and Weber State this Friday and Sunday, respectively. Friday’s contest against the Bengals will begin at 3 p.m., while Sunday’s match against the Wildcats will start at 1 p.m. The game on Sunday will also serve as senior day, as UND honors its three seniors, Amanda Dahl, Anna Jung and Noel Scherer.
Last Time Out: UND traveled to Southern Utah and Northern Arizona for its final Big Sky road trip of the season. North Dakota dropped both games which mathematically eliminated the team from the Big Sky Conference tournament.
In Friday’s, Oct. 18, game against Southern Utah, North Dakota took the lead twice, but the Thunderbirds equalized both times and scored in the final minute to win 3-2. Robyn Wujkowski scored her third goal of the season to open the scoring in the 15th minute and Michelle Stingle scored her second the year in the 32nd minute.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, UND was shutout by Northern Arizona, 2-0. The Lumberjacks outshot North Dakota 16-4.
Kristi Hestdalen made a total of 10 saves on the weekend, setting a new single-season record for most saves at 123.
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About Idaho State: The Bengals are coming off a weekend split with Sacramento State and Portland State. With 11 points in the Big Sky Conference standings, Idaho State would need at least one win this weekend to try to earn a spot in the conference postseason tournament.
Junior forward Amanda Ellsworth leads the Bengals with seven goals and one assist. Her 15 points is tied for second in the Big Sky, and her seven goals is tied for first.
Sheridan Hapsic has made 14 starts in net for the Bengals, posting a 1.38 goals-against average with 79 saves.
vs the Bengals: Last year marked the first meeting the two teams. Idaho State traveled to Grand Forks on Oct. 20, 2012 and defeated UND 3-0. Amanda Ellsworth scored two goals in the game. There were also a total of five cards handed out in the contest, three yellow and one red card to UND and one yellow card to ISU.
About Weber State: Just like Idaho State, the Wildcats also split last weekend against Sacramento State and Portland State. Weber State is currently tied for third in the Big Sky with 13 points.
Additionally like Idaho State, the leading forward for Weber State, Mckenzie Harrison, also has seven goals and one assist to her credit.
Ryann Waldman has made 13 starts in net for the Wildcats this season. Her .717 save percentage on 53 shots ranks ninth in the Big Sky.
vs the Wildcats: This year will mark the first meeting between the two teams in Grand Forks. UND has played Weber State twice, last year as a member of the Big Sky Conference, losing 4-1, and for the first time in 2009, losing 3-0. No current member of the North Dakota squad has scored against the Wildcats.
Big Saves: Junior goalkeeper Kristi Hestadalen leads the Big Sky Conference with 123 saves. Her 123 saves also set a new UND program record for most saves in a single season, surpassing the old mark of 120. She also ranks 10th all-time for single-season saves in the Big Sky Conference.
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.
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 324 setting the all-time career-saves mark at UND in only 50 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 currently ranks first in the Big Sky for saves (123) and saves per game (7.24). Additionally, her 123 saves ranks fourth among goalkeepers nationally.
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.
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. Kirsten Olson scored her first collegiate goal on a penalty kick on Sept. 22 vs South Dakota State
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.
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.