August 22, 2008

Bears Drop First Game Against Bryant

In the first game of the 2008 season, the University of Northern Colorado soccer team was taken to overtime by Bryant, falling 3-2 in extra periods. 

Bryant came to Greeley having played in three exhibition games in August, while the Bears were in their first contest of the year. The Bears move to 0-1-0 on the season, while Bryant improves to 1-0-0.

In the scoreless first half the Bears outshot Bryant 8-1 with four on goal. Freshmen Kirsten Salminen, who started in goal for Northern Colorado, saw little action in the first half with zero saves leaving the game tied at 0-0 going into half-time.

The first goal in the game came in the second half when junior Sydney Vander Velde received the assist from sophomore Katey Borman and got past Bryant goalkeeper Katie Mitchell at 54:34. That was soon followed by an unassisted goal by Vander Velde at 60:16.

The Bulldogs struck back with two quick late goals, first from Brook Duchaney at 79:57. Duchaney scored on a rebound after a corner kick. Second to score for Bryant was Alex DiPippo who was assisted by Sarah Donovan at 82:27. At the end of the second half the match was tied at two.

Before the overtime period, the bears outshot Bryant 16-6 with five shots provided by senior Jessica Zimmerman.

Northern Colorado was able to get two shots in the 10 minute overtime period, but with only 15 seconds left Kaitlyn Hinck had a clear shot at the goal and made the game winning shot for the Bulldogs.

Northern Colorado will move on to face the Air Force Falcons at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Jackson Stadium.