A free kick goal by senior forward Dani Potter in the second half Saturday broke a 1-1 tie with Minot State and propelled the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory: their third straight and seventh in their last eight matches. Potter’s goal came six minutes into the second half and followed a breakaway equalizer by Minot State’s Zoe Fisher in the 24th minute. The Bulldogs had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when Riley Allen headed the ball in off a Hannah Keilcorner kick.
It was Allen’s first goal of the year and Potter’s seventh.
UMD goalkeeper Marissa Rosa turned away five shots while allowing the one goal. Rosa did not face a shot in the final 45 minutes as the Bulldogs outshot the Beavers 10-1 for the half and 19-8 overall.
The win keeps UMD (8-2, 7-1 NSIC) within three points of NSIC frontrunners Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State-Mankato, the latter of which will host the Bulldogs Oct. 20. UMD will take on Mary Sunday afternoon and will not return home for another two weeks.
By KYLE FARRIS