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Jeff Kolpack, Published October 10 2009

College soccer: Bison heat up with cool temps

The first real cold blast of air to hit Ellig Sports Complex was appropriately summed up by North Dakota State junior Candice D’Arcangeli.

“Freezing,” she said.

But as the thermometer has dipped lately, the Bison have gone the other way. They’re heating up.

D’Arcangeli’s goal in the second half was the game winner in a 3-2 win over Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne Friday afternoon. The Bison moved to 2-0 in The Summit League and evened their overall mark at 5-5-2.

“Our nonconference schedule prepared us for this mentally,” said D’Arcangeli. “We have the ability to beat anybody in the conference.”

NDSU withstood a 2-2 first half that saw the Mastodons score on their only two shots. Although going into a strong wind in the second half, the Bison had control for the most part and finally coverted with 23 minutes left.

Forward Danielle Boldenow did the leg work by hesitating with the ball for an instance before sliding a pass to D’Arcangeli, who turned and slid a hard grounder past IPFW goalkeeper Kristen McFadden.

“Once we gave up those two goals, I thought we settled down,” said NDSU head coach Pete Cuadrado.

It didn’t come without any final-minute drama. IPFW had an in-close shot, but NDSU goalkeeper Kalani Bertsch was there.

“They have two good forwards,” Cuadrado said.

It was not the same IPFW team of last year. The Mastodons didn’t win a game.

“It was a great win for us,” Cuadrado said. “That’s why we played a tough schedule. It was nice to see our team bounce back.”

The Bison host Oakland University on Sunday.

FIRST HALF: 1, IPFW, O’Toole, 6:03. 1, NDSU, Thompson (Gaffaney, Stratton), 23:14. 2, IFPW, Proctor (O’Toole), 25:33. 2, NDSU, Brooks (Wolfgram), 43:06.

SECOND HALF: 3, NDSU, D’Arcangeli (Boldenow), 67:02.

SAVES: IPFW, McFadden, 0 4 – 4. NDSU, Bertsch 0 5 – 5

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