September 21, 2011

Women's Soccer prepares to reignite NCC rivalry

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GREELEY – The Northern Colorado women's soccer team continues its three-game homestand Sunday, when it matches up with former North Central Conference foe South Dakota.

For the first time in nine years, the Bears will take on their former North Central Conference rivals, the South Dakota Coyotes. The two teams matched up once a year from 1999-2002, with Northern Colorado winning the first three games, while the Coyotes bested the Bears 3-2 in their last meeting in 2002. The Bears are 1-0 against South Dakota in Greeley.

The Coyotes come into the weekend still searching for their first win of 2011 (0-5-2). The South Dakota offense has struggled to create any kind of attack, as the team has gone scoreless in each of its last five games. The Coyotes are led by jenny Teslow, who has scored two of the team's four goals on the year.

Last year, South Dakota finished with a 7-19 overall mark and a seventh place finish in the Great West Conference. This year, the program's first inside the Summit League, the Coyotes were picked to finish tenth.  They field a young squad, with no seniors on the roster.

Game details

  • Game 1: Northern Colorado (2-5-2, 0-0 Big Sky) vs. South Dakota (0-5-2, 0-0 Summit)
  • When: 12:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25
  • Where: Greeley, Colorado – Jackson Stadium (1,860)
  • Coaches: The Bears' Tim Barrera (171-150-18) vs. the Coyotes' Mandy Green (4-17-4)
  • All-time series: Northern Colorado leads 3-1, starting in 1999. The Bears are 1-0 in Greeley.

Series history
1999       at South Dakota        W, 3-1
2000       South Dakota            W, 9-0
2001       at South Dakota        W, 2-1
2002       at South Dakota         L, 3-2

Game notes

  • The Bears began their transition to the NCAA Division I level in 2003-04 and were postseason eligible for the first time in 2007-08.
  • Sunday afternoon's matchup against the Coyotes of South Dakota will restart an old North Central Conference rivalry. Although the Bears haven't matched up with South Dakota since 2002, they are 3-1 all-time in the series and have won the only match in Greeley.
  • Coming into the weekend, Northern Colorado goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen leads the Big Sky in saves (47). Her 255 career saves is good for fifth all-time in school history.
  • After beating Creighton 2-1 on the road and battling Drake to a 2-2 draw at Jackson Stadium, the Bears are riding a three-game unbeaten streak against Missouri Valley foes.
  • Over the weekend, the Bears utilized the help of some new faces. In Friday's 2-1 win over Creighton, freshman Angela Csaszar scored her first career collegiate goal, while on Sunday, fellow freshman Madison Yoswa scored a late goal off a free-kick to pull Northern Colorado even with Drake.
  • Senior forward Kimmie Feidler is second in the Big Sky in total shots on goal (27). As a team, the Bears are also second in the Big Sky in total shots (126).
  • Sophomore forward Danielle Birdsall was named Big Sky Offensive MVP, in 2010, after putting together an outstanding sophomore campaign. She was also awarded the league's Golden Boot for having the most points (18) in the league.
  • Northern Colorado senior forward Kimmie Feidler seems to have a flair for the dramatic. In 2010, the Arizona native put away a shot as time expired to give the Bears a win over New Mexico State. To kick off 2011, Feidler added to her late-game heroics by putting away a shot from 20 yards out to tie a game against Denver in the closing minutes.
  • Heading into the week, senior forward Ariel Cook needs just two more goals to move into the top-10 of Northern Colorado's all-time career goals list. Her 17 career goals is already the most in the school's Division I history.
  • With their 1-0 over Air Force on Friday, Sept. 2, the Bears extended their winning-streak over the Falcons to six games.
  • Senior goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen leads a staunch Northern Colorado defense. With the help of Salminen and a backline loaded with seniors, the Bears have the fourth-lowest goals-against-average in the Big Sky (1.35).
  • The Bears have a balanced scoring attack so far in 2011. All seven goals have been scored by different players (Feidler, Wykstra, Dunn, Birdsall, Csaszar, Yoswa, Rickenbach).
  • For the first time in school history, Northern Colorado had players named to the All-Big Sky First Team in 2010. Both Danielle Birdsall and Kimmie Feidler were named to the team. Ariel Cook and Aundreaha Martinez were both named to the second team. The four all-conference selections is most in school history.
  • With Northern Colorado's 2-1 win on August 20th on the road against Wyoming last year, head coach Tim Barrera earned his 100th victory as the head coach of the Bears. His  109 career wins as a Bear almost double the numbers of Dana Kusjanovic, who sits in second place on the list.
  • The Bears are the only Big Sky team to have two players finish in the top-four in  total points in 2010. Danielle Birdsall posted 19 points, while Ariel Cook finished with 18.