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Tom Miller / Forum News Service, Published September 11 2013

UND tops Bison for first win of women's soccer season

GRAND FORKS – In its seventh match of the season, the University of North Dakota women’s soccer team quadrupled its offensive output for the year.

The offensive explosion resulted in a string of firsts: UND first-year coach Matt Kellogg’s first win, the program’s first victory over in-state rival North Dakota State since 2003, and the team’s first win since Sept. 7, 2012, against South Dakota State.

UND received four goals from four separate players en route to a 4-2 victory over NDSU in the home opener at Bronson Field.

UND came into the match 0-2-1 against the Bison since the rivalry resumed in 2010 after six years without playing. The teams are now 4-4-1 in the all-time series.

Sophomore forward Caitlin Dahl scored early in the first half and freshman midfielder Robyn Wujkowski added a goal early in the second half as UND staked a 2-0 lead.

North Dakota started the year 0-6, scoring just one goal in those games. UND, which was on a 17-match losing streak, had been outscored 21-1 this year.

The Bison came in with a two-game winning streak and were 3-3 on the year.

Even Kellogg was a bit surprised at the offensive output.

“I did see us creating chances, but I didn’t see us executing quite as well as we did,” he said. “It was the first time we played 90 minutes the way we’ve been training. We’ve done a little of it here and a little there. But today, we were very disciplined in our attack scheme.”

The Bison cut the UND lead to 2-1 on a goal by Katie Tallas at 61 minutes, 55 seconds. The goal came shortly after NDSU goalie Katie McCormick made a save on a penalty kick. The consecutive plays appeared to shift the momentum.

But UND answered with freshman Zoe Foster’s goal at 69:07 to reclaim a two-goal cushion.

“We bounced back and didn’t let ourselves get down,” Foster said. “That’s the mentality we need.”

Foster, a 5-foot-5 forward from Canton, Mich., finished with a match-high six shots on goal.

“That’s why we brought her in,” Kellogg said. “She’s getting comfortable in the system now and learning what it takes at this level. We expect more of that from her this year.”

FIRST HALF: 1, UND, Dahl (Foster), 10:55.

SECOND HALF: 2, UND, Wujkowski, 49:20. 3, NDSU, Tallas (Norman), 61:55. 4, UND, Foster, 69:07. 5, Ricci (Wujkowski), 72:51. 6, NDSU, Johnston, 89:41.

SAVES: NDSU, McCormick 4, Bonham 2. UND, Hestdalen 5.

Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald