A 1-0-1 Weekend for NSU Soccer

Aberdeen, S.D. (NSUWolves.com) FRIDAY – Northern State grabbed the momentum early with three first half goals en route to a 4-0 victory over Wayne State in Friday’s home opener. The win for the Wolves marks the seventh consecutive victory in a home opener dating back to 2015 against Spring Hill.

THE QUICK DETAILS
Final Score: NSU 4, WSC 0
Records: NSU 4-2 (2-1 NSIC), WSC 0-5-1 (0-3 NSIC)
Attendance: 334

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Mia Zagorski scored her second goal of the season in the seventh minute of the game; Megan Fastenau collected the assist on the play for her first of the season
  • Hannah Smith scored in her second consecutive game with a goal in the 31st minute, pushing Northern State’s lead to 2-0 midway through the first half
  • Freshman Alexis Phillips scored her first collegiate goal of her career in the 39th minute off an assist from Avery Blasdel
  • NSU netted three first half goals for the second consecutive game (3 at Minnesota Crookston)
  • A header from Paige Hutton off a corner kick in the 64th minute was the lone goal of the second half, Blasdel recorded her second assist of the nigh on the play
  • Ten different Wolves attempted a shot during the game and seven players attempted multiple shots, this marks the second consecutive game that ten or more players have attempted a shot in a game (12 at Minnesota Crookston)
  • Northern held the advantage in shots (21-13), shots-on-goal (12-6), and corner kicks (11-2)
  • The Wolves attempted 20 or more shots for the second straight game, and have attempted at least 11 in five of the six game this season
  • Alexus Townsend and MacKenzie Turner each grabbed three saves for a combined shutout, the fourth shutout of the season for the Northern State defense

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
Mia Zagorski: 3 shots, 2 shots-on-goal, 1 goal
Alexis Phillips: 2 shots, 2 shots-on-goal, 1 goal
Hannah Smith: 2 shots, 1 shot-on-goal, 1 goal
Paige Hutton: 1 shot, 1 shot-on-goal, 1 goal

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Aberdeen, S.D. (NSUWolves.com) SUNDAY – Defense shined in Sunday afternoon’s battle between in-state foes as Northern State and Augustana battled to a 0-0 draw. The draw marked the second consecutive tie in the series between Northern and Augie.

THE QUICK DETAILS

Final Score: NSU 0, AU 0

Records: NSU 4-2-1 (2-1-1 NSIC), AU 2-3-2 (2-1-1 NSIC)

Attendance: 217

HOW IT HAPPENED

 

  • Northern State was unable to capitalize off back-to-back corner kicks in the 16th and 17th minutes, Paige Johnson’s shot on the second opportunity was deflected by an Augustana defender into the hands of the goalkeeper
  • The Wolves best scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 40th minute when Summer Carlson placed a shot high on goal, forcing Augie keeper Jillian Barkus to jump and knock the ball over the net for an NSU corner kick
  • The only NSU shot-on-goal in the second half came in the 78th minute as Avery Blasdel placed a shot on the bottom right corner of the net
  • While NSU held the edge in shots (11-10), Augie had an advantage in shots-on goal (7-3) and corner kicks (6-5)
  • Sunday’s match was Northern State’s third consecutive shutout and their fifth of the season

 

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

Alexus Townsend: 6 saves

Avery Blasdel: 2 shots, 1 shot-on-goal

Alexis Phillips: 2 shots, 1 shot-on-goal

Erin Day: 2 shots

UP NEXT

Next weekend Northern State will hit the road for a pair of matches against NSIC contenders in Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State. The Wolves and Golden Bears are set for a 7 p.m. start time on Friday evening at Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, and NSU will conclude the weekend against Minnesota State on Sunday with a 1 p.m. match at The Pitch in Mankato.