This weekend UND (2-3-1) took on Nebraska-Omaha and South Dakota at Bronson Field. Both games had some common elements. They were back-and-forth affairs that resulted in UND taking zero points on the weekend. There were some noticibale differences in Friday’s play vs. Sundays play.
Friday (0-0 draw against Nebraska Omaha)
This was a rainy back-and-forth affair that featured some chances for both sides. During the first half, Omaha had the better of play and generated more chances than the Fighting Hawks.
During the second half and the two overtime periods, UND pushed the pace and its forwards generated multiple chances. No one could finish any of them, Omaha had more shots on goal during the game but UND held possession longer and pushed the pace of the game. Katie Moller and Riley Koberinski where all over the attacking third of the pitch and where the Fighting Hawks’ two best attackers on Friday.
Head Coach Chris Logan stressed the importance of finishing chances to capitalize on the strong defense played by his resilient side. He stressed the importance of being “a little bit more composed in the final third and certainly more composed in front of goal.”
Sunday (South Dakota 1 UND 0)
Sunday brought a significant warm-up from friday, both in temperature and in offense for the Fighting Hawks.
However, like both the weather and the finial result from friday, the Hawks were left out in the cold thanks to an unlucky bounce off of a UND player about midway through the first half. The Hawks generated eleven shot attempts, but only four of them found their way to the net.
The shot total does not tell the whole story, as like Friday, UND turned South Dakota over and often could not generate a shot attempt on net as forwards did not end their runs with a shot attempt. The pace of the game was much more up-tempo as once again, Katie Moller and Riley Koberinski generated plenty of chances for UND to equalize the game.
UND has twelve days off before its next game on Friday, September 15 against South Dakota State at Bronson Field. Kickoff is set for 3:00 PM