UMD CLOSES HOME STAND WITH CONVINCING WIN OVER CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Finding consistent offensive production been a challenge for the University of Minnesota Duluth this fall, but the Bulldogs got what they needed on the attack -- and then some -- in Sunday's convincing 4-2 win over Concordia University-St. Paul. The victory adds some life to UMD's hopes of qualifying for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament at the end of the regular season.
The victory marked the 200th behind the Bulldog bench for UMD head coach Greg Cane. The longest tenured coach in the Bulldog athletic department, Cane now boasts an all-time record of 200-111-31 at UMD, where he has been coaching since the inception of the women's soccer program in 1994.
Four different Bulldogs tallied in leading UMD to its highest goal total since a Sept. 23 rout of the University of Sioux Falls. Junior forward Dani Potter started the scoring with her fifth goal of the season in the 25th minute. The Golden Bears pulled even a few moments later, but the tie game did not hold. Sophomore forward Maureen Stormont blasted a rebound to the back of the net at the 43:57 mark to put the Bulldogs up 2-1, a lead they would take into halftime.
UMD (5-6-2 overall; 4-5-2 NSIC) extended its advantage to 3-1 when senior Kelsey Gratz took a feed from a Jennifer Smith free kick and connected on the doorstep, beating the Concordia goalkeeper. The Golden Bears (6-7-1; 5-5-1) cut the Bulldog lead in half with a marker in the 71st minute, but could get no closer. Senior forward Abby Serreyn buried her first goal of the year with just over 15 minutes remaining to put the game out of reach.
Freshman goalkeeper Marissa Rosa faced 13 shots in making her seventh consecutive start. Rosa also made several plays outside her goal box, frequently charging out to clear potentially threatening loose balls. Smith racked up three assists and now sits second on the team scoring chart with 10 points on the season.
Up ahead for UMD is a NSIC road trip to Northern State University and Minnesota State University-Moorhead next Saturday and Sunday.
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