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Ben Karkela, Published September 20 2010

Women's soccer: Panther upset, Bison control offense, but fall to Northern Iowa

In the 19th minute of a scoreless first half, Northern Iowa forward Chelsie Hochstedler lined up to take a penalty kick. Only one thing went through her mind.

“Just low to the corner,” Hochstedler said. “That’s the hardest thing for a keeper to get.”

She did just that, sending a low shot that banked off the left side bar and into the net, giving the Panthers a 1-0 upset win over North Dakota State in women’s soccer on Sunday at Ellig Sports Complex.

Northern Iowa (1-6-1) was awarded the penalty kick after a North Dakota State player was called for a hand ball in the box.

The Panthers recorded only three shots on goal, but took advantage of their best opportunity. North Dakota State (4-2-2) dominated offensively, putting 11 shots on goal.

However, the Bison couldn’t solve Panther goalkeeper Lauren Potzman, who made all 11 saves to get the shutout.

“I was just trying to get out there and work hard, give my team a decent chance to win,” Potzman said.

The Bison controlled play throughout the game, putting heavy pressure on Northern Iowa’s defense and moving the ball deep into Panther territory.

As the second half wound down, the Bison came up short on two scoring chances.

With three minutes left in the game, the Bison launched a high pass into the goal crease. The ball landed in front of an open net, but the defender kicked the ball over the net and out of bounds. One minute later, junior midfielder Michelle Gaffaney gave the Bison their best scoring opportunity of the game.

Gaffaney fired a long shot from outside the box. The ball banked off the right side bar, off the back of the goalkeeper and rolled along the goal line, drawing a loud reaction from the crowd before being swept out of bounds.

“It’s probably some of the best soccer we’ve played, obviously with disappointing results,” NDSU head coach Pete Cuadrado said.

Sophomore forward Brooklyn Dyce led the Bison with two shots on goal.

“We had everything there except the finishing,” Dyce said. “It’s frustrating when we’re playing that well and one call changes the game.”

The Bison’s performance impressed Northern Iowa head coach James Price, but he was glad to see his defense hold and give his team its first win of the season.

“We’ve had plenty of games this season where we’ve maybe been the better team and lost too,” Price said. “That’s just the way soccer goes sometimes.”

FIRST HALF: 1, UNI, Hockstedler, 19:57 (pk).

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

SAVES: UNI, Potzman 11. NDSU, Bertsch 2.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ben Karkela at (701) 241-5549