Winds gusting at nearly 20 miles per hour only heightened the suspense as the University of Minnesota Duluth fell 3-2 in a close battle with Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rival Minnesota State University-Mankato Saturday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (9-5-2 overall; 9-3-0 NSIC) were evenly matched with the Mavericks (10-6-1; 8-3-1) throughout the entire match. UMD secured 12 shot attempts while MSU had 17 total attempts.
MSU's Brittany Henry scored first for the two teams off of a pass from Laura Leber, giving the Mavericks a 1-0 lead early on in the match.
UMD fought back in the 29th minute when freshman forward Dani Potter found a pass from senior forward Becky Anderson. The White Bear Lake, Minn. native found the back of the net to score her eighth goal of the season. This assist for Anderson lifts her to the No. 3 spot on the Bulldogs' rankings for total career assists. The Duluth, Minn. native is now tied for third with Bulldog alumni Cathy Wallace with 24 total career assists.
After the halftime intermission, the scoring continued with the Mavericks' Leber from a pass from Nicole Dooher to bring the score to 2-1. The Bulldogs answered back with under five minutes left in the game as sophomore forward/midfielder Abby Serreyn scored her second goal of the season. The Wyoming, Minn. native was unassisted in the goal the brought the two teams into overtime play.
The two teams battled through one overtime period and almost a full second period until Mankato's Dooher scored a goal at the 115:59 mark to bring the game to an end.
Senior goalkeeper Hannah Bengtson was also evenly matched with her Maverick counterpart. The Lino Lakes, Minn. native was credited with six saves while Brittany Cygan contributed five saves.
The Bulldogs travel to Marshall, Minn. on Sunday to face NSIC challenger Southwest Minnesota State University for their final regular season match of the 2010 season. Game-time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Courtesy: UMD Athletics