NDSU enters Summit League play with a two-game win streak after defeating the University of Jamestown Jimmies 2-0 at Dacotah Field Saturday night. Two freshmen scored their first goals of their careers to elevate the Bison.
Fargo native Brooklyn Dew opened the scoring for the Bison at the half-hour mark. Dew intercepted a Jimmies’ pass in the attacking half. She dribbled to the top of the box and smashed a shot into the top left corner.
For the second time of the year, the Bison held a halftime lead. The lead was extended in the 62nd minute. Last season’s top scorer turned provider this time. Holly Enderle corralled a pass with a spinning first touch to break into the Jimmies’ box. The junior sent a low cross that was picked out by a wide open Danielle Algera on the far post to slot the pass home.
Sophomore Monica Polgar was called into action just three times and made all three saves, including an early shot from close range to keep the game scoreless. The match was the second straight clean sheet, giving the Bison two wins in a row.
NDSU opens Summit League play 7 p.m. Thursday against University of South Dakota at Dacotah Field.
Women’s cross country
Bismarck native Kelby Anderson led the Bison for the second consecutive meet as the Bison took part in the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota.
Anderson finished 77th overall out of more than 200 runners with a time of 23:28.4 for the six-kilometer course.
Emma Kusch Dahle and Kayla Huhnerkoch rounded out the Bison in the top 100. The juniors finished 85th and 96th with times of 23:35.3 and 23:53.0 respectively.
Freshman Jen Dufner and junior Annika Rotvold capped off the scoring. Dufner clocked a time of 24:03.0 and Rotvold 24:10.4.
NDSU finished 15th in the team standings.
The Bison return to action at Summit League rival South Dakota State for the SDSU Classic.
Men’s cross country
Junior Elliot Stone paced the Bison on the men’s eight-kilometer race at the Roy Griak Invitational. Stone trimmed 17 seconds from last year’s time, finishing in 26:52.9. The time was good for 61st place, an improvement of over 100 places from last year.
Trailing Elliot was a pack of Bison. Senior Reid Hawkins led the small herd with a time of 27:25.3, good for 81st place. Hawkins was pushed home by Brant Gilberston, who finished in 27:25.7 for 82nd place. Two spots back was junior Derek Warner, who came home in 27:27.1.
Alex Bartholomay rounded out the scoring for the 13th placed Bison with a time of 28:03.1.
NDSU’s next meet will be the SDSU Classic in Brookings, South Dakota Sept. 29.