Bison Lose to Broncos After Tough Battle
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 12:09
NDSU Women’s Soccer suffered a loss to Boise State in a fierce battle on Friday that lasted 102 minutes, 13 seconds. The loss dropped the Bison record to 3-3-0.
The Broncos kept good possession in the first half, but were unable to find the back of the net due to heavy pressure from NDSU defenders. Lauren Miller, freshman midfielder from St. Louis Park, Minn., made an attempt in the first ten minutes of the game but could not complete her shot because of Boise defense.
Bison goalie Sierra Bonham was caught unawares by Anna Popma of Boise State in the 12th minute; however, her attempt was blocked by the defense line.
The Broncos took seven corner kicks in the entire match but could not convert any of those in to goal opportunities. They even outshot the Bison 16-8 in shots and 5-1 in shots on goal.
The second half of the match showed much more possession on the Bison side as the girls came back with better tackles and complete passes. However, the Boise state defense marked them tightly and ensured there was no room for a shot.
At 90 minutes with no goals on the board, the match was forced into overtime. The first overtime was just a shortened version of the entire match with both sides not leaving any room for error.
In the second overtime, Ashley Hruby assisted Brooke Heidemann to control a rebound ball and kick it just past Bonham in to the goal. The loss puts Bonham’s record at 2-4-0 overall.
Head coach Mark Cook said in a post-match interview, “There are ups and downs of putting a young team out there. But I’m happy with their efforts.” He also said, “We want to see more finishes in the future and want to keep more zeros on the opponent’s scoreboard.”
The girls were disheartened with the loss, but the coach cheered them up, applauding all their efforts. Anisha Kinnarath, a forward sophomore from Winnipeg, Manitoba said, “I thought we played really well and we executed everything that we were supposed to, but they [Boise State] are just a good team. The results don’t necessarily reflect our efforts. ”
The Bison host Colorado State next Friday at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 as part of the Doublewood Inn Classic at the team’s home field, Dacotah Field Era.