The North Dakota State Bison women’s soccer team rallied behind solid defense and timely scoring in Stockton, California against the Pacific Tigers for a 2-1 win.
“Tonight was a great result. It was great to see the team bounce back from giving up an early goal,” said head coach Mark Cook.
The Bison women found themselves down 1-0 early after Pacific scored in the sixth minute. That Tiger lead would be short-lived; seven minutes later, junior Lauren Miller went low and near-side with the equalizer.
Freshman Britney Monteon was responsible for the assist, her second of the year. It was also Miller’s team-high fifth goal in five games.
After 70 idle minutes of no scoring, freshman Hanna Norman scored her first collegiate goal of her young career in the 83rd-minute. She buried a corner kick from junior Amy Yang. It was Yang’s fourth assist of the year, which is a team high.
The Bison would fend off two more scoring opportunities from the Tigers to hold on to the 2-1 victory.
Pacific outshot the Bison 21-20, but the Tigers only recorded one corner kick while the Bison notched six.
Bison goalkeeper Sierra Bonham was in between the posts for all 90 minutes and recorded four saves. She moved to 2-3 on the year.
Miller also was hit with her first yellow card of the year in the 83rd-minute. That is the Bison’s third yellow card in five games.
“As the game wore on, we got better and better,” Cook said. “So far, I am pleased with the direction the team is heading.”
The Bison will be back in action against rival University of North Dakota 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dacotah Field.
Four teams participated in the annual Bison Open last weekend, and the Herd finished undefeated.
Cross-country teams from the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, The University of North Dakota and NDSU participated.
The Bison beat South Dakota and SDSU by a score of 26-29, as well as notching a 20-36 win over UND.
Freshman Elliot Stone started his collegiate career with a third place finish in the six-kilometer course with a time of 18:55.4 minutes. Senior Brendan Skime placed fourth, clocking in at 19:02.9 minutes. Redshirt freshman Derek Warner finished in eighth place with a time of 19:23.2 minutes.
The North Dakota State University women’s cross-country team competed at the competition as well, placing four runners in the top 10.
NDSU went 2-1 with wins coming against SDSU and UND with scores of 19-26 and 19-38, respectively. Their lone loss came against the preseason favorite University of South Dakota by a score of 34-23.
Junior Taylor Janssen paced the Bison. She finished third overall, with a time of 14:14.0 for the four-kilometer course. Sophomore transfer Brittany Brownotter placed sixth, with a time of 14:23.5. Freshman Emma Kusch Dahle grabbed ninth in her collegiate debut in 14:56.9 minutes. Sophomore Jenny Guibert rounded out the top 10, posting a time of 15:02.1 minutes.