Seniors show out against the Cougars

The Bison soccer team kept the good vibes rolling against Chicago state

This past Sunday was the Bison’s fourth shutout and also a day to honor their seniors.

The Bison soccer team posted its fourth shutout of the season on Sunday. The herd took down the visiting Chicago State Cougars 2-0 at Dacotah field. The win improved NDSU to 4-1-1 on the season, while Chicago State remains winless at 0-6.

It was the final nonconference home match of the season for the Bison, as they honored seniors Elyse Huber, Nicky De Pape, Monica Polgar, Mariah Haberle and Laura Powell before the match. “It’s a great time to celebrate five seniors in this program,” NDSU head coach Mike Regan said. “They’ve done an awesome job since I’ve been here over the last two seasons. It’s great to have all their families here and recognize them by starting every senior.”

Huber was the one to step up once again for the Bison, notching both of the herd’s goals on the day. Her first came in the 53rd minute, as Huber headed in a shot by Haberle that bounced off the crossbar. Her second came in the 87th minute when she stole the ball in front of the net to collect her team-leading sixth goal of the season.

The seniors showed out on senior day as they collected 11 of the team’s 16 shots. Not to be outdone by her senior teammates, goalkeeper Monica Polgar pitched her fourth shutout of the season, moving her into a tie for first in NDSU history with 19 career shutouts. Polgar continued to move up in NDSU lore, becoming the fourth Bison ever to record 250 saves. On top of all that, Polgar became the third player in school history to win 30 games in net.

Head coach Mike Regan was pleased with the team’s performance on Sunday, “Anytime we can win 2-0 at home, we’ll definitely take it,” Regan added. “We made a very, very hard going of it and didn’t help ourselves in some areas. Being a young team, we’re going to go through some adversity here and there. It’s a good result based on the weekend we’ve had.”

The Bison will now hit the road for four straight matches, starting with a pair of matches in Iowa. The herd will face Drake on Friday and Northern Iowa on Sunday.

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