BULLDOGS BATTLE WAYNE STATE TO 2-2 DRAW
Sunday, September 30, 2012
A season-high shot total could not push the University of Minnesota Duluth to a win Sunday afternoon, as the Bulldogs fought to a 2-2 draw at Wayne State College. UMD held a brief second half lead, but surrendered the tying goal on a penalty kick shortly after pulling ahead. Neither team could produce a game winner in the final 50 minutes of play, which included a pair of 10-minute overtime sessions.
Senior Ashley Brown started the scoring, striking for the first time this season off a deflection in the ninth minute to give UMD the early lead. Sophomore midfielder Kelli Klun, who assisted on the Bulldogs' lone goal Saturday afternoon, extended her point streak to three games with the lone helper on Brown's goal. Wayne State broke even 30 minutes later, burying on a free kick to send the teams into halftime tied 1-1.
Wayne State saw an offensive flurry come its way early in the second half. UMD attempted eight consecutive shots (three apiece from Maureen Stormont and Jennifer Smith) over a 10-minute stretch before Stormont put away go-ahead marker (with assists from Brown and sophomore defender Riley Allen) in the 59th minute. The Wildcats retaliated just 31 seconds later, converting on a penalty kick to draw even at 2-2. Numerous threats by the Bulldog offense were turned away down the stretch, forcing UMD to settle for its second tie in a row.
After going pointless in the first six contests this fall, Stormont has now scored in three consecutive outings. That recent outburst places her in a tie with Smith atop the team scoring chart with six points on the year. The tandem finished as the top two point producers for the Bulldogs in 2011.
UMD (3-4-2 overall and 2-3-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) fired 40 shots and put 18 on target, both season highs. Wayne State (1-8-1; 1-5-1) was held to 10 shots and just a single corner kick on the afternoon.
The Bulldogs, who are unbeaten in their last four outings (2-0-2) return home to host the University of Mary and Minot State University at Malosky Stadium next Saturday and Sunday.
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