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Bison shut out Griz for second time in a week

Published: September 16, 2011
North Dakota State locked down on the Montana soccer team for the second time in a week and handed the Grizzlies a 3-0 loss Friday afternoon at the Ellig Sports Complex in Fargo, N.D. The teams met last Friday in Missoula, and the Bison came away with a 4-0 decision. NDSU scored first-half goals in the 26th and 35th minutes, then with Montana (3-4-0) pressing late in the match the Bison scored their final goal in the 89th minute. The loss was Montana’s fourth straight after opening the season 3-0. The Grizzlies have scored just one goal over their last three matches. North Dakota State (5-2-0) dominated the opening 45 minutes, taking 10 shots to Montana’s two. The Bison took four shots and created two corner kick opportunities in the first 17 minutes, then opened the scoring at 25:19 when Brooklyn Dyce headed in Laura Wagner’s cross from the right side. At 35:00, Stephanie Jacobson made it 2-0 when she scored on Kaylee McDonald’s cross from the left side. Montana was able to generate just a pair of shots in the first half. Junior Lauren Costa’s attempt in the 21st minute went high, as did junior Erin Craig’s shot in the 36th minute. The Grizzlies cut the Bison’s shots by half in the second period and doubled their own output, but for the second match in a week could not get anything by NDSU’s Kalani Bertsch. Down two goals, Montana got a shot by Craig that was saved by Bertsch, a corner kick by Craig and a shot by junior Lauren McCreath that went high, all in the 73rd minute. Sophomore Mary Makris took a corner kick which resulted in her own shot that was saved by Bertsch in the 83rd minute, and Costa forced Bertsch to make a save in the 86th minute. North Dakota State’s Anisha Kinnarath scored the match’s final goal, her first of the season, at 88:47 when she took Jacobson’s pass from the top of the box and scored inside the right post. Sophomore Kendra McMillen played all 90 minutes in goal for Montana, dropping to 1-2-0 on the season. She made five saves. Bertsch made three saves to improve to 5-2-0. North Dakota State finished with a 15 to 6 advantage in shots. Eight of NDSU’s shots were on goal, three of Montana’s shots were on goal. The Grizzlies will travel 75 miles up I-29 and attempt to rebound Sunday with a match against North Dakota at 11 a.m. (MT) in Grand Forks. The Fighting Sioux (2-5-1) lost at home Friday afternoon to Nebraska-Omaha, 2-1.
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