Magnificient Moller: How Katie Moller’s Hat Trick Helped UND Fly to 3-0 Win Over Minnesota Duluth

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Last week, the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks learned more about their team in Montana. They did not concede a goal in 210 minutes of play, improved their defense, and utilized opportunistic strikes from their forwards to take the first game against Idaho. Against Montana on UM’s home turf, they were able to come within inches of an extra-time penalty kick and win with their depth and speed, combined with more superb play from netminder Olivia Swenson.

Today, the team was able to draw on their goal-scorer extraordinaire, senior forward Katie Moller to propel them to the victory.Her three goals now give her six tallies on the season. She earned the first hat trick for this program since 2010 when Rachel Loomis scored three goals against South Carolina State.

Moller’s goals came from three different fighting Hawks. Megan Wright, Ashley Ebeling, and Cassie Giddings all contributed to Katie’s superb day. In addition, these goals each showcased how Moller is able to deal with oppenents,either with speed or by winning battles. She won a battle on a throw in and did not miss for her second score, and was able to use her precision shot on the first and third goals to provide the difference for UND.

As for the rest of the game, Head Coach Chris Logan noted that Minnesota Duluth played quite well. Without Moller on the field this result may have been a bit different. In addition, give credit to the entire UND team for playing sound defense. While they gave up a lot of chances, as Minnesota Duluth had 12 shots total, only six of those were able to get on goal to goalie Olivia Swenson. She has earned the starting job through her consistent play and ability to help set up attacks for UND.

Unlike previous years where she started, Swenson is not being asked to make 15 or more saves a game. She praises her defense at every chance she can, and because of them has less work each game. Thanks to UND’s ability to limit chances on net, the Fighting Hawks will be competitive in the games they play the rest of the way.

The next test for the Fighting Hawks comes Sunday at 2 PM against Bemidji State. The Beavers’ team speed will be the biggest thing UND has to contend with on the fast turf surface this Sunday.

Three Quick Thoughts on UND Soccer’s Preseason Opener 5-1 Victory:Beyond The Box Score

Last night, the University of North Dakota Soccer team got off to a fast start in their preseason opener against the University of Manitoba Bisons. They won the game 5-1 on a goal eight seconds in from Katie Moller, and a superb showing by freshman playing their first game helped spur the Fighting Hawks to an exhibition win.

  1. When the coaching staff mentioned which recruits that would contribute this year, each of them had a different answer. Head Coach Chris Logan’s answer of Olivia Knox proved very timely yesterday. She had a superb game getting multiple chances and using her speed to keep the offense going. Knox had two goals and an assist. The goals came from her crashing the net on a free kick rebound, and drawing a foul in the box. Knox converted the penalty kick she earned.
  2. Although she did not score a goal, Mimi Eiden, sophomore forward used her speed on the fast turf surface at East Grand Forks to setup numerous chances. The coaching staff was impressed with the winter and spring seasons she had, the 423 fans at last night’s game can understand why. We all knew that Eiden plays fast and uses her speed to generate chances, this turf field could propel her to even greater heights this year as she builds on a solid freshman campaign.
  3. Although Logan was quite happy with the offense, and pace of the game, one thing to watch as UND takes on South Dakota Saturday is its defense. Manitoba scored its only goal on a superb long shot towards the end of the game by utilizing gaps in UND’s defense. If the Fighting Hawks can matchup well against a Summit League squad on Saturday, even in exhibition play, it will be a sign of good things to come this season. The Fighting Hawks showed strong defense last season, if it can figure out the turf field and the offense can build on last night’s performance, good things are in store this season for UND.

Three goals and Six Points: A Recap of UND Soccer’s 2-0 Start in the Big Sky

Rain, cold weather, and constant pressure defending leads all weekend. Despite all of these things, the Fighting Hawks took all six points at home this weekend over Idaho State, and Weber State and eclipsed their conference win total of 2016.

Both games had some things in common. The Fighting Hawks generated multiple chances throughout the weekend. In addition, the forward play was markedly more consistent as more UND chances ended up on goal than a few weeks ago.

Friday’s game against Idaho State was punctuated by two Katie Moller goals. The first one came on a penalty kick after she got a quick ball through and earned a foul in the box. The second one came on a bouncing ball that went into the net after going through a lot of the six yard box. The Fighting Hawks then had to finish a second half against an Idaho State team that did not quit.

Head Coach Chris Logan noted the need for UND to play a complete game. He also credited Idaho State for changing the pace of play for the last 60 minutes of the game.

On Sunday, UND took their coach’s advice and generated more chances throughout the game against a Weber State team whose record was not at all indicative of their skill level. UND controlled the pace for multiple increments throughout the game. Katie Moller came close a few times to adding to her goal total on the weekend.

Moller would run her point total on the weekend to three midway through the second half. She expertly placed a ball for Mimi Eiden who headed the ball to the back of the net with rocket-like quickness.

From that point, Weber State came close on multiple attempts, but like on Friday, goalie Catherine Klein was equal to the task. The sophomore goalie has three clean sheets on the season.

Fighting Hawks fans are lucky to have Mimi Eiden play for them. She has personified the attack-oriented mentality Head Coach Chris Logan and his staff have worked so hard to instill in this program. Both Logan, and Associate Coach Chris Citowicki noted how strong Mimi played in practice. That manifested itself twice over this weekend. On Friday, she drew a couple of fouls against the Bengals late in the game to eat into the clock and preserve a shutout.

Today, Eiden got extra time playing with Katie Moller and used every bit of her talent and skill to give UND its best start in the Big Sky, and its first 2-0 start in conference play since 2003 in the NCC.

UND will have a tough test next weekend as they head out on the road to face Sacramento State and Northern Arizona.

Pride, Passion, Belief,and a Strong Offensive Outing Gives UND a 2-0 Win over Western Illinois University

On Sunday August 20, 2017, UND flew past the Leathernecks of Western Illinois University to stake themselves to their first ever 2-0 start in the Division one era.

The Fighting Hawks raced out to a quick 3-0 first half lead thanks to strong offensive play. Katie Moller got the scoring underway with the first of her two markers on the day. Next, Olivia Geiwitz made it 2-0 with strong play inside the box. Finally, Erin Svensson had the nicest goal of the day to make it 3-0 to close the half. The defender’s shot was a high arching shot that beat everyone and everything to squeak in the top right corner. She would contribute an assist on Moller’s second tally.

In net, Olivia Swenson picked up the win for the Fighting Hawks with an eight-save shutout. Ines Palmiero made four saves on eight shots in 73:42 of play. Goalie Jennifer Currie finished the game with a scoreless relief effort.

Coach Logan noted that UND played with a lot of pride, passion and belief. The Hawks look to take those emotions to Brookings, South Dakota , and Auburn next weekend to continue this strong string of early season play. Look for UND’s speed down the wings, strong goaltending from multiple goalies, and ability to cross to make a difference for them this weekend.