Bison Soccer Wins on Senior Day
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 16:10
The Bison women’s soccer team improved their record to 7-9 coming off a win Sunday afternoon in their final home game at Ellig Sports Complex.
Celebrating Senior Day, the Bison shot past Kansas City with a 2-1 victory, responding splendidly after a heartbreaking loss to South Dakota last week.
“We came out today and played a really good game,” head coach Mark Cook said following the win. “The second half we really came out and battled.”
The Bison outshot the Kangaroos 11-2 in the second half, leading to the eventual game-winning goal by Meghan Johnston in the 60th minute. Johnston’s first career goal as a Bison was setup beautifully by Anisha Kinnarath, who scored her team leading fifth goal of the season on a penalty kick in the first half.
It was a perfect way to send out the four seniors who have had their share of bumps and bruises throughout their careers at NDSU.
“It’s an awesome way to go out at home,” said jubilant senior, Shannon Brooks. “I’ve got so many memories with these girls.”
It’s been an impressive run for Holly Christian, Brooklyn Dyce, and Brooks. Over their four years here at NDSU, the seniors have compiled an impressive record of 44-26-10, including a Summit League championship and a NCAA tournament bid in 2010. They have also endured a recent coaching change making them the face of the program.
“You want to send your seniors out in style,” said Cook. “They’re your program, they’re the ones that have been working hard for four years, and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to coach them.”
Along the way they have added some new faces including a senior transfer in Jordyn Wallenborn from Minnesota State Moorhead. Wallenborn went out firing on her Senior Day, accumulating two shots on goal and served relentless offensive pressure on the Kangaroos all afternoon.
“Jordyn, being a new part, she was a perfect addition for us at the forward position,” said Brooks.
Wallenborn is currently second on the team in both goals (4) and points (9).
With one more game remaining on their conference schedule, the Bison know there is some unfinished work left to be done. The Bison are currently fourth in the Summit League, barely sneaking in to the League championship tournament. If the Bison plan on making a trip to Brookings, South Dakota for the tournament, they will need at least a point this Sunday in Omaha.