GRAND FORKS, N.D. –– Eastern Washington freshman Emma Vanderhyden scored her first collegiate goal midway through extra time to give the visiting Eagles a 2-1 overtime win over North Dakota on Friday afternoon at Bronson Field.
The goal vaulted the Eagles atop the Big Sky Conference standings with a 3-0-1 record in league play, while the Fighting Hawks temporarily slid into a three-way tie for fourth place at 2-3 pending the results of Friday’s other games.
UND, which entered the day with just one loss in six home matches, suffered from a below-average first half and fell behind on an Aimie Inthoulay goal in the game’s fourth minute. That proved to be a steep hill to climb against one of the top squads in the Big Sky.
“Halftime was the first time we really got into the team, because in the first half we didn’t show up,” said UND head coach Chris Logan. “[The Eagles] were very good. Hats off to them. They dug in and found a way to win the game.”
Whatever messaged Logan delivered to his charges during halftime, it took. The Fighting Hawks squared the game at 1-1 when junior Katie Moller scored her conference-leading seventh goal of the year in the 67th minute to send the game to overtime.
“Probably not her prettiest goal, but we’ll take it,” said Logan. “They did a pretty decent job on her. She’s always dangerous. She’s so fun to watch.
“Our girls never quit,” continued Logan. “That’s the one thing that’s become a feature of our team. We had a great second half and unfortunately they scored a quick restart at the end.”
Vanderhyden’s goal in extra time delayed UND’s quest to win three Big Sky matches for the first time since joining the league. Now the Fighting Hawks shift their focus to hosting Idaho on Sunday.
“We have to win Sunday. It’s a must-win now in terms of looking at postseason,” said Logan. “If we’re competing with the best teams in the conference, there’s no reason why we can’t compete with anybody else. Idaho is big, strong, athletic and tough, but we can play with anybody and we have to believe that on Sunday and get a result.”
Logan said a better start to the game will be imperative.
“If we come out [today] in the first half and play well, then we probably do get a result against a team on paper that might be a little better. Now we’ve got to fix it Sunday.”
Notes: EWU held a 24-12 edge in shot attempts and an 8-6 margin in shots on goal … Goalkeeper Catherine Klein stopped six of eight shots for UND while Emily Busselman made five saves for the Eagles … Vanderhyden, the overtime hero for the Eagles, also collected an assist on EWU’s first goal.