BISON SOCCER RETURNS HOME TO A SWEEPING VICTORY
PRESIDENT BRESCIANI MAKES FIRST KICK ON DACOTAH FIELD
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 16:09
The Friday match between the NDSU women’s soccer team and the visiting Idaho Vandals marked the official opening of the historic Dacotah Field Era. NDSU President Dean L. Brescani, Vice President of Finance and Administration Bruce Bollinger, Director of Facilities Management Mike Ellingson and Project Coordinator Chris Hamre were present at the inauguration.
The team presented the guests with signed 2013 soccer balls while head coach Mark Cook presented President Brescani with a personalized jersey number 13, marking the year 2013. President Brescani also took the first kick of the day with Steph Jacobson of the Bison soccer team.
The game was a tough battle fought on a hot summer evening, but NDSU prevailed with a 3-2 win. The Bison took early an lead as Anisha Kinnarath, a junior from Winnipeg, smoothly directed a short corner kick from Amy Yang into the Vandals’ post in just the sixth minute. Before halftime, the Vandals’ Kavita Battan equaled the score with a 32-minute goal.
The women in green and gold responded back after halftime with two back-to-back goals in the 65th and 67th minute from Lauren Miller and Kinnarath. The Vandals got a chance in the 77th minute when a penalty was awarded on a hard foul by NDSU. Bison goalie Sierra Bonham misjudged the kick from Elexis Schlossarek and the Vandals were at 3-2. However, the NDSU defense ensured that it was the last goal from the visiting team.
The Bison were laced with fresh energy as head coach Mark Cook put 6 freshmen on the field. The team attempted eight shots with six on target.
Sierra Bonham stayed in-goal for the full 90 minutes of the game and made 3 saves. The victory improved her season record to 2-3.
The Bison hosted Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday. Check Thursday’s issue for the game recap.