Eastern's Season-High 31 Shots Not Enough In Loss At North Dakota

Grand Forks, N.D. – Senior Katy Allen gave the Eastern Washington women's soccer team an early lead but three unanswered goals from North Dakota saw UND defeat the Eagles, 3-1, on Sunday, Oct. 13, in a Big Sky counter at Bronson Field.

Eastern (3-12, 1-5 Big Sky) dominated the match early as juniors Jessica Wallace and Haley Stading both had shots saved by UND goalkeeper Kristi Hestdalen. Allen broke through North Dakota's defense in the 25th minute, putting a shot past Hestdalen to give the Eagles an early lead.

EWU continued to attack North Dakota's goal as junior Cassie Black, freshman Ua Ruedy, senior Nicole Medeiros and sophomore Shayla Weiler all had shots saved. Medeiros came close to scoring Eastern's second goal of the day, hitting the crossbar in the 34th minute while another one of her attempts saw UND's defense scramble to keep it out in the 38th minute.

North Dakota (2-12, 1-4 BSC) saw Zoe Foster tie the match in the 41st minute, slotting home a pass from Caitlin Dahl for her fourth goal of the year. Medeiros put another shot on target two minutes later, but Hestdalen kept the score level heading into halftime.

The Eagles outshot North Dakota 18-3 in the opening 45 minutes and earned four corner kicks to UND's one.

Both Black and Allen put shots on goal in the opening minutes of the second half as Eastern continued to threaten. Undeterred by the Eagles' onslaught, UND's Kirsten Olson gave the hosts a 2-1 lead in the 60th minute thanks to her second goal of the season. Freshman Haillie McClure and Allen had good chances to tie the match, but Hestdalen continued to come up with big saves.

North Dakota began to increase its pressure, hitting the crossbar in the 85th minute before Andrea Hyduke beat EWU goalkeeper Nathalie Schwery for her second goal of the year, giving the hosts a 3-1 lead in the 88th minute. Senior Torri Sitzman and Black had attempts saved immediately following UND's goal as North Dakota hung on for its first Big Sky win.

The Eagles tallied 31 shots on the day, good for fourth-most in a single match in school history. Allen and Black led the way with five shots apiece while Medeiros added four.

Schwery played the full 90 minutes, making two saves. Hestdalen finished with 14 saves in a complete-game effort.

Eastern will play its third straight road match Saturday, Oct. 18, taking on Montana at 2 p.m.

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