Bison soccer drops first two games
First year coach Mark Cook and young squad doomed by offensive struggles
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 15:08
The new-look NDSU women’s soccer team started the season off on the wrong foot, losing their opening two games to Idaho State and Boise State at the Boise State Holiday Inn Classic.
The Bison battled into overtime in their opening match Friday, but Idaho State’s Rachel Strawn netted the game-winner on a deflected shot in the 93 minute to gain the 3-2 win.
NDSU drew first blood in the game with a free kick from junior Steph Jacobson in the 10 minute. Idaho State responded immediately off the head of Strawn, who had a standout game, in the 11 minute.
Tied at 1-1, the Bengals’ Kiley Godfrey hit a shot past Bison goalkeeper Sierra Bonham at the 64 minute to take a 2-1 lead. Just as Idaho State did in the first half, the Bison answered back right away. Just one minute later, sophomore Tristyn Walczak scored to knot the game up once again.
In overtime, it was the constant offensive attack that led to Strawn’s game-winning shot. The Bengals outshot NDSU 22-6.
“We certainly didn’t get ahold of the ball enough today,” Mark Cook, first year head coach said. “We put ourselves in that position to defend a lot but you know, that’s soccer.”
The Bison looked to bounce back Sunday afternoon, but the young NDSU team could not overcome the potent offense of Boise State, losing 4-1.
Once again, the Bison were heavily outshot, this time at a 21-5 disadvantage.
“We certainly need to compete harder,” coach Cook said. “Right now, we’re just not doing the little things well, the things they’ve been taught and trained. We have to battle harder.”
Boise State started strong, scoring a 13-minute goal from Katy Oehring to hold a 1-0 halftime lead. The Broncos then pounced in the second half, scoring two goals off the legs of Anna Popma and Shannon Schueren in the 71 and 74 minutes, respectively.
NDSU got on the scoreboard in the 76-minute thanks to sophomore Anisha Kinnarath who received a nice pass from Jacobson. The Broncos squashed any momentum by scoring one more goal in the 82-minute and setting the final score at 4-1.
“That was the hardest we played when we were down 3-0,” said coach Cook. “It was a little concerning that it took us to go down 3-0 before we really started to press and battle. We’ve got to learn from that and hopefully carry that through for 90 minutes as opposed to 10 minutes at the end of the game.”
The Herd will get back to action when they travel to Eastern Washington on Friday, Aug. 24, for a 6 p.m. match.
Quotes courtesy of GoBison.com