by MADIHA MIRZA
DULUTH, Minn. - The University of Minnesota Duluth soccer team gained the top position in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after its 1-0 victory against Bemidji State University Oct. 22 at James S. Malosky Stadium.
With just one minute left in the game, UMD freshman Dani Potter scored the deciding goal for the Bulldogs. Potter shot the goal after getting the pass from midfielder Mallory Fox. The game was dominated by Potter, who had four total shots and scored her seventh goal of the season.
Reegan Lloyd, a Bulldog defender, had three attempts for the goal. "We were expecting to win and the goal in the last minute was great," Lloyd said.
Bulldog Soccer Head Coach, Greg Cane, described the only goal in the game after 89 minutes as awesome. "I am an optimistic person and was confident that we would get a positive result," Cane said. "It's like you put something in a bottle and take it out later and now since we are No.1, we will have to keep up with the pressure of being on top."
Prior to the victory, the Bulldogs (9-4-2 overall; 9-2-0 NSIC) and the Beavers (11-3-0; 8-3-0) were tied at the top of the rankings. With this victory, UMD is now alone at the No. 1 spot while BSU has dropped to No. 2.
The first half of the game ended without a goal. Bulldog's goalkeeper Hannah Bengtson contributed to her team's victory by five total saves, while Beaver's Samantha Ross had seven saves. The Bulldogs had 3 fouls while the Beavers had 8 fouls. A yellow card was issued to Bulldog's Molly Nepote during the second half of the game.
Bulldog fans were extremely excited and chanted "Let's go Bulldogs" throughout the game. Roshna Khan, a UMD freshman, who has attended every UMD soccer game this season, said that the win is a big boost for Bulldogs because the game was for first place and the two top teams were competing.
While there were celebrations for the Bulldogs, the situation was opposite for Beavers. Kelly Pointon, Beaver's defender, said that she did not want to talk about the game and declined to comment.
After the game, the Bulldogs honored the 2010 senior class, which is the largest class in UMD's history.
Next week, the University of Minnesota Duluth soccer team will try to maintain its top position in the NSIC rankings as they travel to Mankato, Minn. to play Minnesota State University-Mankato on Oct. 30.