GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The last time the University of North Dakota soccer team was 2-0 in its conference, Mimi Eiden was 4-years old and UND was a Division II program playing in the now-defunct North Central Conference.
The Fighting Hawks are now a Division I school in the Big Sky Conference and Eiden a freshman forward who today helped her school write a little bit of history.
Eiden's header goal off of a corner kick in the 48th minute lifted UND to a 1-0 win over visiting Weber State on Sunday at Bronson Field. It was UND’s first-ever win over the Wildcats gave UND its first 2-0 conference start since 2003.
Eiden converted Katie Moller’s corner kick for her first collegiate goal, landing UND a second straight home shutout win to start Big Sky play.
“She’s such a sparkplug,” said UND Associate Head Coach Chris Citowicki. “Lately in practice she’s just been tearing it up, doing it over and over again. Now it’s starting to click in games for her as well.”
The goal by Eiden had to be welcome sight for UND’s coaches, who had seen Moller score the team’s last five goals.
“The coaches always say, ‘Play your best through practices and it’ll show during the games,’” said Eiden. “So that’s what everybody has been doing, including myself. Our whole team has been working really hard and we’re playing really well in games now.”
The Fighting Hawks once again had to battle through wet and sloppy conditions.
“The ball was slippery but I don’t really think about it. I just thought, ‘We need to win this game.’ Our whole team had that mentality,” said Eiden.
What UND was more focused on, according to Citowicki, was a Weber State squad that likes to possess the ball and apply pressure offensively.
“We knew they like to possess. We had a game plan and we came out and executed well. Everybody on the team worked exceptionally hard, we defended very well, and got the goal when we needed to get the goal,” said Citowicki.
The Wildcats outshot UND 21-14, with both teams registering nine shots on goal. UND goalkeeper Catherine Klein was perfect for the second straight game, recording her fourth career shutout.
“We knew the pressure was going to come but we seemed to be comfortable with it,” said Citowicki. “Nobody panics. We were very relaxed, we were very focused and we got it done.”
UND, which has never won three conference game since joining the Big Sky in 2012, now turns its attention to road matches next weekend at Sacramento State and Northern Arizona.
Said Citowicki: “The most important thing for us is to just keep our feet on the ground and keep working.”
Notes: Moller’s assist on the Eiden goal was her team-leading 12th point of the season, the most by a UND player since Rachael Loomis had 20 in 2011 … Sydnie Brough had nine saves for Weber State … There were only three corner kicks in the game, two by UND … UND’s Kennedy Kidd led all players with six shots and tied WSU’s Madison Garlock for a game-high three shots on goal.