Goals from Maureen Stormont and Dani Potter were just enough to send the UMD soccer team (1-0-0) by Northern Michigan 2-1 in the club’s first match of the season Thursday at Griggs Field.
Stormont put the Bulldogs on the board first with an unassisted goal less than nine minutes in. UMD came away empty on its ensuing first-half scoring chances, but the Wildcats failed to put a shot on net in the first 45 minutes and the margin remained 1-0 at intermission.
A costly offside penalty prevented Northern Michigan from squaring the score in the early minutes of the second half. Another infraction by the visitors in the 67th minute gave Potter a look at a penalty kick, which was punched passed freshman goalkeeper Caroline Glantz to double UMD’s lead.
Northern Michigan applied some pressure with a goal from Ashley Katers 10 minutes later, but Bulldog keeper Marissa Rosa turned the Wildcats back the rest of the way to seal the one-goal victory.
Rosa finished the night two-for-three in save opportunities to begin her first full season in the UMD net. The Bulldogs scored on two of their four shots on goal and registered nearly twice as many total shots as the Wildcats (13 to 7). Stormont’s 22nd career goal moves her into eighth place in the department in UMD history, and nudges her into the top ten on the school’s all-time scoring list.
UMD resumes the non-conference portion of its schedule in Fargo, N.D., Sunday afternoon against North Dakota State. The Division I Bison have dropped three in a row after taking their opening match against Belmont.
BY KYLE FARRIS
PHOTO BY SARA HUGHES