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Tom Mix, Published August 21 2010

College soccer: NDSU holds off UND

After seven years of lying dormant, the North Dakota State-University of North Dakota soccer rivalry gained some life.

North Dakota State sophomore forward Holly Christian scored two goals to help the Bison to a 4-3 win over the Sioux before 691 fans on Friday at the Ellig Sports Complex.

“We knew this game was big … and having a win is a good feeling,” Christian said.

The win for NDSU evens the all-time series record between the two teams at

3-3 with UND winning the previous three meetings prior to Friday’s game.

The Sioux (0-1), jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Fargo South graduate Caitlyn Haring placed a high, looping shot just below the center cross bar out of the reach of NDSU goalkeeper Kathy Kelsey.

After that it was all Bison.

Christian scored her two goals to help NDSU retrieve the lead and freshman Katie Tallas followed with a goal to make it 3-1 NDSU at the half.

Senior forward and former Moorhead prep player Quin Ryan added another goal for the Bison (1-0) early in the second half.

Down 4-1, the Sioux mounted what proved to be a very productive comeback that pulled them within a goal of tying the game late in regulation.

“I thought we played very well in the first half, but it seemed like we quit playing after we got that 4-1 lead,” NDSU coach Pete Cuadrado said. “You got to bury a team at that point, and we took our foot off the gas and let them comeback.”

Junior forward and former Fargo South player Rachel Loomis got the Sioux back on the board scoring on free kick in the 75th minute of regulation.

UND’s Rachel Dallman followed with a laser shot from 18 yards out that found the back of the net.

Sioux coach Kristen Gay said she was impressed with her team’s comeback.

“The free kick goal from Loomis was big,” Gay said. “We changed our formation prior to that to help our offense and a goal like that will lift any team.”

Still, it was too little too late for the Sioux.

“Credit NDSU for playing great during the middle third of the game,” Gay said. “We got in a hole early, and it’s difficult to comeback from that.”

As for the rivalry, Cuadrado said Friday’s win was nice to get, but his team has work to do before its next game when it hosts Wisconsin-Green Bay 4:30 p.m. next Friday.

“We definitely looked rusty,” Cuadrado said.

“For us, today’s game was just another game. We looked at it as another nonconference game and that’s really what it comes down to.”

FIRST HALF: 1, UND, Haring (unassisted), 4:45. 2, NDSU, Christian (unassisted), 13:23. 3, NDSU, Christian (Ryan), 17:19. 4, NDSU, Tallas (DeMike), 32:18.

SECOND HALF: 5, NDSU, Ryan (D’Arcangeli) 55:10. 6, UND, Loomis (unassisted), 75:00. 7, UND, Dallman (unassisted), 85:23

SAVES: UND, Stierman 5. NDSU, Kelsey 8.

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