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UND soccer falls 6-0 to Denver

GRAND FORKS — The North Dakota soccer team (3-10-1, 1-5-0 Summit) suffered a 6-0 loss to Denver (11-5-0, 6-0-0- Summit) at Bronson Field on Friday afternoon.

In the match, 12 underclassmen played for the Fighting Hawks, half of them coming from off the bench.

“I think the biggest thing we have to keep working on as a team is more of the attacking side of the game, which you wouldn’t know after a 6-0 loss,” said UND coach Chris Logan. “Really, it’s mostly the way we move the ball and individual confidence on the ball as well. We are a young team and teaching a lot of our youngsters, especially our freshmen, to be a little be more composed on the ball against one of the top teams in the country is a tall task.”

Denver scored two goals in the first half, netting the game-winner in the 26th minute and adding another goal in the 33rd minute to head into halftime with the 2-0 lead. The Pioneers continued firing in the second half, piling up a 21-3 shot advantage by the end of the match and finding the back of the net four times in a span of 19 minutes between the 57th minute and the 76th minute to finish the game with a final tally of 6-0.

North Dakota won the statistic of saves, 7-1, with reserve goalkeeper Abby Ellenberger playing 15 minutes and rejecting three shots. Madi Livingston started at keeper and played 75 minutes, recording four saves.

Mara Yapello had the lone shot on goal for UND, while Hannah Olson and Cassie Giddings both recorded one scoring attempt each. Yapello, Mary Gasaway and Taylor Lange were the only players from either side to play the entire 90-minute contest.

The Fighting Hawks conclude their home season with the Omaha Mavs on Sunday at Bronson Field with opening kick scheduled for 1 p.m.

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