Soccer season comes to close

UND falls to Idaho State Friday, Weber State Sunday in final games.

Senior Anna Jung kicks the ball in Friday’s game against Idaho State. Photo by Chester Beltowski.

After four years of playing UND soccer, four seniors played in their last game Sunday afternoon.

The final game of the season against Weber State on Sunday also served as senior day for North Dakota as it said farewell to its seniors — Courney Beckwith, Amanda Dahl, Anna Jung and Noel Scherer — in a 3-0 loss to Weber State after to falling to Idaho State 2-0 on Friday.

Friday, junior midfielder Allyssa Kenney broke open the gates when her header attempt was blocked in front of the UND goal, but the ball ricocheted right back to Kenney, and she lofted a kick over the top of UND goalkeeper Kristi Hestdalen in the 27th minute of the game.

UND tried to respond, but ISU was able to seal the deal when Whitney Peterson snuck one past Hestdalen in the lower, right corner of the net — making the final score 2-0.

“We came into the game with a couple key injuries, so we had to move some players around,” UND coach Matt Kellogg said. “I think the players like Andrea Hyduke, who we moved from a forward position to an outside back, which is a pretty big change for her. I thought she did a fantastic job dealing with it.”

From the performance he saw Friday, Kellogg felt confident about his team facing Weber State on Sunday for its final game of the season.

“You saw moments today where we were disciplined defensively,” Kellogg said. “We were able to transition and get numbers out wide, and get numbers in the attack. If we can do that consistently on Sunday, we’ve got a chance to send the seniors off with a win.”

Weber State

UND did not come away with a win Sunday, dropping its final game of the season to Weber State in a 3-0 decision.

With a strong wind at its back to start the contest, Weber State jumped out and netted three goals within the first half. Stacy Blair netted two of the three as the Wildcats controlled the majority of play in the first 45 minutes.

The Green and White shot three goals on net but couldn’t quite break through the Weber State defense in the second half.

While North Dakota finished the season with a 2-16-1 record, the team made a number of forward strides this year.

UND picked up a big win against in-state rival North Dakota State on Sept. 11, and also won its first Big Sky Conference match, downing Eastern Washington on Oct. 13.

The team also doubled its number of goals scored in conference play and drastically cut down the number of goals against from 29 last year to 18 this year.

“We took steps forward,” Kellogg said. “We doubled the goals scored in conference play from last year, almost half as many goals allowed from the season before. So I think you have to really look beyond the results when you’re in a rebuilding process to see how much this team has come in such a short time.”

Allison Moore is a staff writer for The Dakota Student. She can be reached at [email protected].