One goal is all that it took for the North Dakota State women’s soccer team to defeat Califonia State University-Northidge. The goal came off the foot of senior midfielder Amy Yang in the 59th-minute. Fellow senior Lauren Miller was given the assist when her shot was not saved cleanly by Matador goalkeeper Jovani McCaskill, Yang was able to get to the ball from five yards and put it in the back of the net.
With the goal from Yang gives her two goals on the season, both happening to be game winning goals. Miller’s assist gives her two on the season.
On the other side of the field, the defense was playing lights out. In the next 10 minutes CSUN had a chance for an equalizer. Freshman goalkeeper Monica Polgar made a save to keep the Bison up 1-0. Again in the 79th-minute the Matadors had a chance to score, but with two blocks from the NDSU defense kept the Matadors out.
Polgar, with a match-high three saves in net, earned her second win of the season and clean sheet of the season.
North Dakota State next game was at UC-Riverside on Sunday Aug. 28, at 9 p.m., as they finish their California road trip.
The volleyball team is not having the best of times with their time in Colorado losing to No. 25 Colorado State 0-3 (24-26, 13-25, 23-25) and to Northern Colorado 2-3 (25-23, 19-25, 29-27, 18-25,12-15).
The Bison lost a back and forth first set against Colorado State in the first match. After the Rams took an early 11-7 lead the Bison came back on a 5-1 run to tie it at 12 after a kill by Emily Miron. There would continue to be 11 more ties, with the last at 24-all on a service error on Colorado State. A service and attack error lifted the Rams to a 26-24 first set win.
The Rams were on cruise control in the second set with a 25-13 victory. Colorado State had a total of seven kills alone in the second set to help put it away.
Hadley Steffen led NDSU with 10 kills and hit .333. Brianna Rasmusson had 19 assists, while Morgan Morgan had a team high of 11 digs.
On Saturday the Bison took on Northern Colorado for their second match. Rasmusson had two big solo blocks during the match. The first one was in the first set to put the Bison up late in the 25-23 first set win. Her second block was followed by a kill from Emily Minnick that tied the third set at 27-all which the Bison won 29-27.
Northern Colorado came back from the third set lost by taking a commanding 14-4 lead and won 25-18 in the fourth set. They also took the fifth and final set by the score of 15-12.
The Bison were outhit .216-.184. Both Jessica and Emily Jorgensen had 12 kills and where two of four Bison in double figures. Minnick finished with 11 and Steffen followed with 10.
The Bison look to get on track as the take on Saint Mary’s (Calif.) at 2 p.m. Sunday in Fort Collins, Colorado.