On Sunday, the North Dakota State (5-5-0) women’s soccer team lost a close battle to UC Riverside (6-5-0), 1-0 at Dacotah Field.
With 18:45 left before half, UC Riverside midfielder Blanca Barrio converted on a penalty kick, scoring the only goal of the game.
The Bison finished with 18 total shots compared to UC Riverside’s 11 shots; each team had five corner kicks. NDSU committed only four fouls throughout the game, and two yellow cards were issued in the second half, one on Miller, and the other on UC Riverside’s Brittany Mata.
Bison junior forward Lauren Miller could not catch a break in this game. With 10 minutes before half, she went one-on-one with the goalie and tried chipping the ball over the hard-charging goalie, but the ball barely missed to the left post.
Second half was dominated by the Bison, so it seemed. The Bison had a whopping 12 shots, while UC Riverside was held to only 3 shots.
“We didn’t finish our chances.” Bison head coach Mark Cook said after the game.
With 6:30 left in the game, Bison freshman defender Mallory Fenske fired a shot that could’ve tied the game, but once again the goalie for UC Riverside Elizabeth Silas made a great play.
NDSU had what seemed like a hundred chances to score off a late corner kick. The fans screamed with frustration and UCR held its breath.
“We played a very difficult non-conference (schedule),” Cook said. “We are 5-5, and I think we are better than that. I think we should have two maybe three more wins, but we know we are a good team, and we are ready for the Summit League.
“We just have to put this one behind us and move on.”
NDSU will try to bounce back on Friday when the Bison host Summit League foe Oral Roberts 7 p.m. on Dacotah Field.