September 16, 2012
Come back to defeat North Dakota 3-1
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - After trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Western Illinois women came back to defeat North Dakota 3-1 in a nonconference match at Bronson Field on Sunday..
The Leathernecks rebounded from their first loss in seven games and improve to 7-2, while North Dakota falls to 2-4-1.
"Coming from behind is never easy and we've done it on the road," Western Illinois head coach Ted Floigates said. "The team is elated, as they should be."
North Dakota got on the board right away, as Amanda Dahl scored on a Taryn MacMillan assist to put the Leathernecks behind 1-0 in the second minute.
"We have to tip our hat on their goal. The goal they scored was fantastic, a wonderful strike and we were on our heels early on," Floigates added.
Western Illinois evened the score in the 72nd minute when Skyler Jessop scored her third goal of the year on Miranda Graham's second assist of 2012.
"Skyler's finish for the equalizer was clinical and she took her chance brilliantly," Floigates noted.
Kristin Becker tallied the game-winner in the 84th minute when she put a free kick into the back of the net, giving the Leathernecks a 2-1 lead.
Less than five minutes later, Sarah Hall added an insurance goal, her fourth of the season, to put Western Illinois ahead 3-1.
"I was happy to see Sarah Hall score the third because she works super hard for the team and she's a very good player," Floigates said.
Victoria Kappel made three saves to improve to 4-2 in goal, while Kristi Hestdalen took the loss for North Dakota despite making nine saves.
Western Illinois outshot North Dakota 22-6, including shots on goal by a 12-4 margin.
The Leathernecks will return home for a three-game homestand and the opening of Summit League play on Friday, Sept. 28 when they host Kansas City at 3 p.m.