Bison Soccer and Dixie State to meet for the first time
FARGO, ND – The North Dakota State football team will remain in Boise, Idaho for the second of two neutral-venue games this week, as the Bison face Dixie State for the first time in Canadian history. Sunday morning’s schedule for the final game for NDSU at the Boise State Invitational. Kick-off between the Bison and the Trailblazers is scheduled for 11 a.m. (10 a.m. MT) at the Boas Soccer Complex on the Boise State campus. The game will air on the Mountain West Digital Network.
- The Bison started a 0-3 season just another time in the NCAA Division I era, going 0-3 in 2017. However, despite the winless start in 2017, the Bison began to finish second in the Summit League standings, including a second place finish in the conference championship game.
- Lavin Douglass scored the first goal of the season for the Bison on Thursday and had a highlight in the process. On a high rebound just outside the penalty area, the junior hit a left-footed volley in the upper right corner for her third career goal.
- Senior midfielder Danielle Algera is the active leader in games played for the Bison with 71. Algera is on track to make the top 10 career games played for the Bison in mid-November and would take second place if she played all of the games in the regular season. Algera is also the active leader in minutes played with 5,572.
- Senior Ellie schneider is the only Bison player to have played all 270 minutes this season. In Thursday’s game against Pacific, Schneider surpassed career 3,000 minutes as Bison, one of three active players on the roster to do so (Algera and Brookelyn dew).
About Dixie State
- Dixie State enters Sunday’s game 1-2 of the season, after two four-goal losses, including a 4-0 loss to host Boise State on Thursday night.
- The Trailblazers started the year with a 2-1 victory at UNLV before losing 5-1 to New Mexico in Las Vegas last Sunday.
- Dixie State is in the second year of transitioning to Division I. Last season, the Trailblazers were 3-10-2, including 3-8-1 in the Western Athletic Conference game. .
- The Trailblazers are returning all but two of their starters from last season, including four seniors, a junior and a sophomore who all logged over 1,000 minutes last season.
- Whitley Griffiths was named to the WAC preseason squad after leading Dixie State with 10 goals last season. Griffiths has already scored two of the Trailblazers’ three goals this season, including an 88th-minute winner in the season opener.
- Dixie State rookie Kalea Woodyatt scored his first college goal in Game 1 of the season.
- The Bison fell on the University of the Pacific Road 4-1 Thursday afternoon at the Boas Soccer Complex in the opening game of the Boise State Invitational.
- The Bison would fall behind on a difficult break after two saves, but the ball was not cleared from the penalty area. After a first backup by Abby wilkinson, followed by a clear ball from the line, Pacific took advantage of the missed clearance, as Jade Enalen put the Tigers ahead with a 10th-minute goal.
- Payton Jo Armijo saw the goal well and had a chance to equalize in the 16th minute, but landed just over the crossbar just outside the penalty area.
- A few minutes later, the Tigers doubled their lead. In the 22nd minute, Lauren Frohan settled a cross from Aniela Jensen in the right corner of the penalty area, before beating a Bison defender and shooting Wilkinson.
- Both teams would have had just one more shot in the remainder of the first half, which saw the Bison head to the break two behind.
- In the second half, the Bison had three early chances to Kelsey kallio, but she had one blocked shot and two more misses in the first 15 minutes. Pacific then added to their advantage in the 64th minute. Erin Brown caught a pass from Frohan and fired a shot through the goal and the left post to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
- Lavin Douglass scored for the Bison in the 73rd minute to break a scoreless slip for the Bison. Douglass settled under a bouncing ball and hit a left-footed volley into the upper right corner from outside the penalty area. For Douglass, it was his third career goal and the first for the Bison this season.
- Pacific would add one more goal in the 90th minute, as Jaida Nyby hooked up on a cross that collided Nyby with Wilkinson in front of goal.
- The teams ended the game even on 10-point attempts, but Pacific had seven shots on target, while the Bison finished with just two. Wilkinson finished the game with two saves, while the Bison’s defense also made one save. Pacific had seven corners to four for the Bison in the contest.
The series with Dixie State
- Sunday’s game between the Bison and the Trailblazers will be the first ever meeting between the two schools on the soccer field.
- North Dakota State and Dixie State have not met in any direct competitive sport in the history of the program. The departments faced off in un-teamed events, as well as in golf tournaments.
- Men’s golf finished ahead of Dixie State at the GCU Invitational in March this year, while women’s golf finished twice ahead of Dixie State in tournaments last March, including once in St. George, Utah.
Fifth in the Summit League
- North Dakota state was selected fifth in the Summit League preseason coaching poll, announced by the league on Tuesday. The Bison received 44 points in the vote, putting them in the same position they closed the 2020-21 season conducted last spring.
- The Bison are emerging from a 7-8-1 campaign in the Summit League in the spring, which featured season-long sweeps from Omaha and western Illinois, as well as wins over Kansas City, Dakota. of the North and Oral Roberts.
- Denver, which won the regular season and the conference tournament, in addition to making the second round of the NCAA tournament, was selected first in a unanimous selection. South Dakota State was selected second, receiving a first place vote (coaches cannot vote for their own team) and was selected second in all other polls.
- Omaha (62 points) edged South Dakota (58) for third place, while Kansas City was sixth behind the Bison with 37 points.
Lovick and Schneider named Summit League players to watch
- Olivia lovic and Ellie schneider have been ranked as players to watch in the Summit League.
- Lovick was named to the 2020 Summit League newcomer squad after leading the Bison with 14 points and six goals scored, appearing in all 16 games, including 13 freshman starts. She had five shots against South Dakota State, a season-high, and her four points against Western Illinois were the second in a game for the Bison last season.
- Schneider played a team record of 1,260 minutes last season, registering two game-winning goals. The senior started all 16 games and finished third on the team with seven points this spring.
The future is now
- The state of North Dakota started the 2021 season reporting a wealth of experience, with 174 of 176 departures in the spring.
- The Bison scored 17 of 20 goals last season, including four first-year scorers (Olivia lovic, Jess hanley, Kelsey kallio and Aliya Owens) who combined for half of the Bison’s 20 goals in the 2021 spring season. The freshmen combined to find the back of the net 10 times in 16 games.
- The squad of four freshman scorers, plus other freshmen Katrina Patscot and Abby wilkinson, combined for 15 of 24 NDSU assists this season.
- In total, the Bison returned 17 of 20 goals and 23 of 24 assists. The senior nucleus of Ellie schneider, Brookelyn dew and Danielle Algera all of them scored two goals each last season and had six assists.
- Of the seven newcomers, including six real freshmen, six have already made appearances this season.
- Transfer Payton Jo Armijo, with first year students Katie pagel, Bella grandbois, Gabby Sangillo and Olivia watson made their debut for the Bison in the season opener against Idaho. The four freshmen came off the bench as substitutes.
- First-year student Josie fieldman made his first appearance in NDSU’s game against Baylor.
- Fieldman, Grandbois and Sangillo all made their starting debuts for the Bison in Thursday’s game against Pacific.
Schneider named to the first academic team of all CoSIDA districts
- Defender Ellie schneider was named to the First Academic Team of All CoSIDA Districts in June, following her performance in the classroom and in the field this spring. Schneider is the first bison since 2011 to be selected in the team.
- Beginning all 16 Bison games in the spring season, Schneider finished third on the team with seven points. She scored two goals and three assists. Schneider scored the game-winning goals against Western Illinois (February 19) and Omaha (February 28) and has a cumulative average of 3.96 in the biological sciences.
The Head Coach Mike Regan
- Mike Regan is in his fourth season as head coach of the Bison. Regan was named the head coach of women’s football in the state of North Dakota on January 19, 2018.
- The Bisons had five All-Summit League caps in Regan’s first three years, including four first-team caps.
- NDSU also had four All-Summit League / Newcomer Team freshman team selections and two Summit League Tournament All-Star team selections.
- In 2019, Monica Polgar was named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar regional squad and was selected to the Summit League All-Academic squad.
- Regan came to NDSU after two seasons as the Big Ten assistant coach at Indiana University in Bloomington.
- Prior to Indiana, he was an assistant coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for four seasons where he was part of the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Championship team and the coaching staff of the MVC year 2015.
- Prior to joining Drake, Regan was the head coach of the North Iowa Area Community College men’s soccer team for five seasons, where he posted an impressive 74-17-6 record and was named soccer coach. NJCAA / ICCAC Male of the Year three times. .
- Regan is currently the United States Soccer Region II Girls’ Olympic Development Program staff coach and was head coach of the Iowa ODP ’98 age group for three years.
- He holds a National “A” Coaching License from the United States Football Federation.
On the horizon
- After two games at Boise, the Bison football team will return home for the last home game of the non-conference calendar on Thursday, September 2, as North Dakota State hosts Wyoming at Dacotah Field for the all-round. first meeting between the two sides on the football field.
- The kick-off between the Bison and the Cowgirls is scheduled for 6 p.m.