One Shot is All it Takes
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 15:10
NDSU junior Jenna Miller took her first shot of the year for the women’s soccer one and what a meaningful one it was. NDSU faced Omaha on Sunday and in the 57th minute, Miller shot and scored a goal putting the Bison in the lead with a score of 1-0.
Miller’s single shot was all that was needed as the Bison won in Omaha and locked a spot in the four-team Summit League Tournament.
Anisha Kinnarath made a corner kick where Miller found the ball with just over 33 minutes left in the match. Miller beat Omaha goalkeeper Meaghan Clark for the winning goal.
Kinnarath recorded her seventh assist of the year with the corner kick that set up Miller’s game-winner. She led The Summit League with five assists in conference and is the only player in the league this season to record at least five goals and five assists
Bison goalkeeper Sierra Bonham had a great performance, registering nine saves and her third shutout of the season. Bonham ran her season total to 102 saves - the second-most in a single season in school history. Kalani Bertsch set the single-season record with 111 saves in 2008.
North Dakota State was outshot 15-2 overall and 9-1 in shots on goal for the game, but the win gave the Bison three valuable points in the standings to pass South Dakota State and clinch a spot in the league tournament.
NDSU (8-9, 5-3 Summit) finishes the regular season with 15 points securing a tie for third place in the Summit League standings. The Bison will be the No. 3 seed after their 2-1 victory over Western Illinois on Oct. 12 in Fargo.
Oakland claimed the regular season title and top seed for the tournament with a 1-0 win over Western Illinois on Sunday. Those two schools will meet for a rematch in the Summit League semifinals, as Western Illinois earned the No. 4 seed.
The Bison will meet No. 2-seeded Fort Wayne in a semifinal match on Friday in Brookings, S.D.
Game time is 6 p.m. at Fishback Soccer Park.
This will be the fourth straight appearance in the Summit League Tournament for the Bison.