GREELEY, Colo., Oct. 10 – Northern Colorado (8-5-1, 3-1-0 Big Sky) fired in a goal in the first two minutes and then held on for a 1-0 win over visiting Southern Utah (5-4-2, 2-1-1) Big Sky) Friday night. The Thunderbirds take their first loss against a Big Sky opponent this year.
“We certainly had our opportunities, hitting the bar twice and missing a point blank shot, but that is the nature of this game,” stated SUU head coach Becky Hogan. “Tonight we lacked a little toughness which is fairly uncharacteristic of our team. We were out-muscled and out-tackled.”
The Bears’ Juliana Grover fired a shot past SUU keeper Taylor Bolding after only 1:37 had run off the clock to take a 1-0 lead. The score marked the fifth goal of the season for the senior forward.
Southern Utah pushed for an equalizer, setting up nine shots on goal, but was unable to find the back of the net. The T-Birds were shutout for the first time in more than a month, and for the first time since the start of the Big Sky season.
Northern Colorado totaled 18 shots in the contest, with the T-Birds taking 14. The Bears also held an 8-4 advantage on corner kicks. Jahna Tacson and Abbie Flandro recorded three shots apiece for SUU, with Shelby Green and Nancy Brich each adding two more.
“I thought we showed strings in the game where we were brilliant, unfortunately those moments didn't result in goals,” commented Hogan. “But it did show me that we can play with the best of them and that when we are good, we are very good.”
Southern Utah continues its road trip with a visit to North Dakota this Sunday at 11 a.m. Live stats and video for the match are available at www.suutbirds.com.