Bison and Mastodons end where they started

NDSU notches their third tie of the season

The Bison women’s soccer team took on the University of Purdue Fort-Wayne Friday night as the match ended in a 0-0 tie. Both teams failed to score a goal in the double-overtime match. This is the second straight match that has ended in a tie for the Herd. The Bison are now 6-5-3 on the season while Purdue Fort-Wayne goes to 4-7-3. The three ties are the second-most in school history behind the six sets in the 2010 season.

Bison goalkeeper Monica Polgar was the star of the match as she collected her 20th career shutout. This was Polgar’s fifth shutout of the season. She recorded three saves while the Bison also collected a pair of team saves as well. Mastodon goalkeeper Lorah Pund collected eight saves in the match.

Paige Goaley led the way for the Herd with a career-high four shots, while Danielle Algera added three shots. Grace Sjoberg, Lavin Douglass and Ellie Schneider each had two shots, a career high for Sjoberg and Schneider. The offense was quiet all night, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying as eight different Bison had a shot on goal. NDSU had an 18-14 advantage in shots and 8-5 advantage in shots on goal.

Looking ahead, the Bison have a brutal stretch to close out the season. Every game they play from here on out will be against a team ahead of them in the conference standings. They will host Western Illinois on Sunday before traveling to first place South Dakota State. Then the Bison will finish off the season against North Dakota and Denver. NDSU has a 1-1-2 record in conference play this season.

Western Illinois has looked a little vulnerable recently as they are in the midst of a three-game losing streak. However, South Dakota State is currently riding a 10-game winning streak and has shown no signs of slowing down. While some might look at this upcoming stretch as a reality check, the Bison can use this as a tremendous opportunity to try and run the table and prove that they belong at the top of the Summit League standings.

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