FARGO, N.D. - Redshirt junior Holly Christian scored two goals and senior Abbey Moenkedick had two assists to lead the North Dakota State soccer team to a 3-1 win over Nebraska Omaha (3-3-2) at the Ellig Sports Complex on Sunday, Sept. 18. The Bison (6-2-0) have now won eight straight home games dating back to last season.
Senior Danielle Boldenow and sophomore Katie Tallas forced early saves from Mavericks goalie Katelyn Tschida and Nebraska Omaha responded with two shots of its own, but senior goalie Kalani Bertsch was up to the task.
With her second save of the game, Bertsch became NDSU's all-time saves leader. She finished the game with three saves and has 267 saves in her career, surpassing Kelly Tierney's record of 265. Bertsch also moved into a tie with Tierney for the career record in wins with 28.
NDSU's pressure on the Nebraska Omaha defense was relentless as the team notched 11 shots in the opening 27 minutes. Christian finally broke through at the 28:03 mark, heading in a throw-in from Moenkedick to give NDSU a 1-0 lead.
The Bison finshed the first half with 13 shots to the Mavericks' two.
In the second half, Christian gave the team a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute as she headed in a corner kick from Moenkedick. It was the second multi-goal game in Christian's career as she also scored twice in the 2010 season opener against North Dakota. Moenkedick had the third multi-assist game of her career.
Tallas added a third for the Bison three minutes later for her team-leading fourth goal of the year. After her initial shot was saved by Tschida, Tallas was able to slot home the rebound.
Nebraska Omaha made it a 3-1 game in the 56th minute as Katie Pickinpaugh converted a penalty kick.
The Mavericks almost added a second in the 68th minute, but Melanie McCormick's header careened off the crossbar.
The Bison finished the game with a season-high 22 shots and limited Nebraska Omaha to five. Tallas led the team with five shots.
NDSU is back in action at the Ellig Sports Complex on Thursday, Sept. 22 as the team takes on Drake at 4:30 p.m.