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Jeff Kolpack, Published September 13 2013

Goal in second overtime lifts Boise State over North Dakota State

FARGO – The last North Dakota State team to play here didn’t lose much, either. And until the second overtime, it looked like that old Dacotah Field football magic was working for the Bison women’s soccer team.

Boise State, owners of a recent win over Washington and a tie against Washington State of the Pac-12 Conference, had double the shots on goal in a 1-0 double-overtime victory over NDSU.

Nothing caved until Brooke Heidemann easily knocked home a rebound just over two minutes into the second extra period. It left the Bison with their first home loss at Dacotah after two opening victories.

“It definitely feels more like a Division I program,” goalkeeper Sierra Bonham said of renovated Dacotah, which last saw a football game in 1992. “This surface is a lot faster, and now that we’re a more athletic team, we’re able to play a little quicker.”

The surface, Sprinturf, is similar to what freshman Lauren Miller grew up playing on in the Twin Cities. She said it gives the program more of an ownership of a facility, although the Bison football team still uses it for practice.

NDSU previously played on the infield of the Ellig track and field complex.

“This is soccer, not track and soccer,” Miller said. “We feel like we don’t have to share it. We get the clams.”

NDSU would have needed a break to go home happy as a clam. It was outshot

16-8 and Boise goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt needed to make just one save.

Bonham was much more active on the other end. Still, it was an improvement from Wednesday’s 4-2 loss at the University of North Dakota, one where head coach Mark Cook took the blame, he said, for not having his team prepared to bring the necessary energy.

The Bison accomplished that on Friday.

“We’ve struggled competing and battling,” Cook said. “I was happy with the effort but disappointed with the result. Boise is a good team. I hate moral victories but today was a moral victory.”

The Broncos had a couple of golden scoring chances in the first half and had two shots go just wide of the goal with 20 minutes remaining in regulation, but for the most part the Bison defenders stood their ground and didn’t get caught out of position.

The Broncos’ Kelli Drobney hit the crossbar just two minutes into the first overtime, a shot that Bonham may have nicked. She had no chance on the second overtime goal.

“It just came across and I really don’t know what happened,” Bonham said.

The Bison players stood on the field motionless. At least it’s a field they’ll gladly play on again.

“It’s a better environment for everybody,” Cook said.

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.


SECOND OVERTIME: 1, Boise, Heidemann (Hruby), 102:13.

SAVES: BS, McDevitt 1. NDSU, Bonham 3.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia