BULLDOGS STYMIED BY MINOT STATE 1-0
Sunday, October 7, 2012
A clean-sheet victory Saturday afternoon gave the University of Minnesota Duluth a huge chance to jump back into the thick of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference race. That chance suffered a setback Sunday, with Minot State University pitching a 1-0 shutout over the host Bulldogs at Malosky Stadium.
Consistent wind gusts made ball control exceptionally difficult, and the two clubs spent a lot of time near midfield during the first 45 minutes in a constant battle to establish possession. Minot State broke a scoreless game 30 seconds in front of halftime, beating freshman goalkeeper Marissa Rosa on a missile from 20 yards out -- marking the first time Rosa has been scored on at home in four career outings. The Champlin, Minn., native had strung together 314:30 of shutout ball at Malosky Stadium prior to that tally.
UMD pushed aggressively for a game-tying goal in the second half. The Bulldogs created chances off free kicks, give-and-go plays and several corners, firing 15 of their 21 shots in the latter frame. Opportunity knocked when sophomore Kelli Klun redirected a ball directly in front of the Beaver goal, but the former Duluth East standout had her attempt on the doorstep turned aside. A desperation flurry occurred when junior forward Dani Potter sent a corner kick to the Minot State goal in the closing seconds of regulation. Beaver goalkeeper Ashley Barzcewski corralled the feed, however, preventing a buzzer-beating strike.
The Bulldogs stay home next weekend to close out a season long four-match homestand. UMD will take on NSIC rivals Minnesota State-Mankato and Concordia University-St. Paul next Friday and Sunday.
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