NDSU soccer suffers first two losses on road trip

Bison lose at Wyoming and Northern Colorado

@ Wyoming

The North Dakota State University women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season last Friday, as the Bison fell to Wyoming 3-1 at the Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo. The Cowgirls moved to 1-3-2 on the year.

Wyoming scored three goals in less than eight minutes late in the first half to take control and NDSU was unable to recover.

The Cowgirls took the lead with a curling shot into the top corner from outside the box from Jamie Tatum in the 27th minute. Seven minutes later, another long-range effort off the foot of Alyssa Bedard from outside of the box doubled the Wyoming lead.

Twenty seconds later, Wyoming drew a foul from NDSU’s Paige Goaley in the penalty area, giving Wyoming a penalty kick. Tatum slotted the penalty into the bottom right corner for Wyoming’s final goal.

The Bison would generate some offense and picked up a response five minutes later as Olivia Lovick scored her second goal of the season in the 39th minute for the final goal of the game. Alicia Nead fired a shot that was saved by Allyson Fischer, but the rebound came straight to Lovick, who tucked it away with her left foot to score her 10th career goal.

Junior forward Olivia Lovick | Photo Courtesy NDSU Athletics

Lovick’s goal was also the third time that the Lino Lakes, Minnesota native has scored in back-to-back games, with the last time occurring in her final two games of her freshman season.

Bison goalkeeper Abby Wilkinson finished with seven saves.

@ Northern Colorado

North Dakota State women’s soccer fell to Northern Colorado 5-0 last Sunday afternoon, closing the western road trip with its second-straight loss.

The Bison (2-2-2) fell behind quickly and could not recover against an unbeaten Northern Colorado (4-0-2) Golden Bears team.

The Golden Bears took an early lead in the fourth minute. Northern Colorado’s Melina Faris took a shot from the edge of the penalty area that was pushed onto the post by Payton Mulberry and then back across the goal line. The ball was initially cleared off the goal line but was eventually ruled to have crossed the goal line for the first goal.

Offensively, it took the Bison a bit to get started in the opening half. Olivia Lovick had the first registered shot for the Bison at 20:38 which crossed the goal and went wide. A few minutes later, Alicia Nead had a header off of a corner kick that also missed just wide.

In the 34th minute, Northern Colorado would double their lead as Lucy Hart placed a shot into the top corner from about 10 yards outside the penalty area. The Golden Bears would add another in the 44th minute as a free kick that was being cleared by Mulberry was redirected off of a Bison defender and into the goal for an own goal.

The second half saw a couple of quick goals from the hosts, as Northern Colorado scored another goal from distance off the foot of Britney Donais and Lauren Woodhull would score on a volley from the center of the box at 53:20 and 54:07 of the second half respectively to end the scoring. The Bison managed only one shot in the second half.

The Bison next return to historic Dacotah Field to open the home portion of the 2022 regular season as the Bison welcome the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and Drake University. Friday night’s kickoff vs UW – Green Bay is scheduled for 5 p.m. and kickoff vs Drake is 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 11th.

Student tickets are available at GoBison.com/Students.

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