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STORY BY JAIME SCHROEDER-ISU MEDIA RELATIONS
POCATELLO, Idaho – The Idaho State soccer team (10-5-1, 5-2-1) took its own fate into its own hands as the Bengals handed Northern Colorado (6-6-4, 4-2-2) a 2-0 loss at Davis Field Thursday afternoon. The win puts Idaho State into the second-place spot in the Big Sky Conference and possibly one win away from a tie for first.
The game started out with an aggressive Northern Colorado team taking almost complete control of the ball, keeping position in Idaho State territory for most of the half. The Bengals’ defense stood tough however, as the Bengals kept the score tied 0-0 at the half.
Idaho State came out with more energy in the second half but it was sophomore midfielder Alyssa Kenney that got the spark going for the Bengals as she put ISU on the board off a corner kick that bent directly into the goal in the 57th minute. The goal is Kenney’s first of the season.
“That type of goal does happen on occasion but it’s pretty rare,” ISU Head Coach Allison Gibson said. “She has such a wicked left foot to begin with and that’s why I wanted her on that ball, in hopes to get the curve on it. It was very awesome.”
Just 10 minutes later, ISU freshman forward Katie Flynn gave ISU another shot of adrenaline as she knocked the ball in from about 10 yards out after the ball ricocheted off a defender. The goal is Flynn’s second of the season.
“Katie has come so far for us this season and she really came out of her shell midway through the year,” Gibson said. “She’s really shown great minutes for us and for her to get her second goal I think is huge for her.”
Idaho State’s defense allowed zero Northern Colorado goals as freshman goalkeeper Sheridan Hapsic recorded her first career shutout. Hapsic posted five impressive saves throughout the contest and faced six total Northern Colorado shots. Freshman Vanessa Cabilan, senior Morgan Olson, junior Allyson Stainbrook and senior Anna Pingree also made big defensive plays throughout the contest to keep the Bears off the scoreboard.
Another important game awaits the Bengals as ISU preps for North Dakota (2-11-1, 0-7-0) on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. With a win against UND, the Bengals may earn a conference title and the right to host the Big Sky Conference Tournament.