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Andrew Gottenborg, Published October 24 2009

Unlikely scorers propel NDSU women's soccer

It seems like everyone has been contributing for the North Dakota State women’s soccer team during its recent hot streak.

This was the case again Friday as a pair of players picked up their first goals this season during the Bison’s 2-0 win over Southern Utah in Summit League action.

NDSU has won six of its last seven games.

“It was a real team effort,” Bison head coach Pete Cuadrado said. “Everyone that got put in did well, that’s a good day.”

Junior Abbey Stratton put the Bison (8-6-2, 5-1 Summit) on the board when she headed in a corner kick from Quin Ryan to make the score 1-0 early.

“It was pretty sweet,” said Stratton. “It was a good feeling.”

The field conditions were less than perfect at Ellig Sports Complex, despite it being a sunny, clear afternoon in Fargo.

Following Stratton’s goal, NDSU forward Lorraine Thompson appeared to have a clear path to the goal, but slipped on a muddy patch of earth just in front of the Thunderbirds’ goal to come up empty.

The Bison missed another opportunity to increase their lead just before halftime when Thunderbirds goalkeeper Breanna Fitzgerald made a diving save to prevent Stratton from adding another goal.

Tempers between the two teams appeared to flare in the second half, as two yellow cards were issued and players were colliding on the damp turf seemingly every other play.

“When people hit us we just hit them 10 times harder,” said Stratton. “The ref was letting us play. We’re a team that doesn’t like to complain when we get hit.”

NDSU didn’t wait long to increase its second half lead. Danielle Boldenow took a pass from Ryan on the left side of the field and chipped it in right in front of the goal.

The two-goal margin was all the Bison needed behind goalkeeper Kalani Bertsch’s seven saves.

Cuadrado liked the all-around intensity of his team.

“We were aggressive today,” he said. “We did a good job of being pretty dynamic in our attack.”

The loss was the fourth straight for the Thunderbirds (3-11-2, 1-4-1 Summit League), who have been outscored 12-0 in those losses.

The Bison play their last home game of the season on Sunday when they host last-place Missouri-Kansas City at noon.

FIRST HALF: 1, NDSU, Stratton (Ryan), 18:55.

SECOND HALF: 2, NDSU, Boldenow (Ryan), 55:26.

SAVES: SUU, Fitzgerald 4. NDSU, Bertsch 7.