The UND women's soccer team players knew they were well-situated at goalie with Olivia Swenson back for their season opener. After all, Swenson led all NCAA Division I goalies in saves per game in 2015.
But the Fighting Hawks learned Friday in their season opener that their goalie talent runs two deep, as first-year freshman Catherine Klein shined in a 0-0 two-overtime tie with Northern Iowa at Bronson Field.
Klein, who hasn't attended a collegiate class yet, played the final 83 minutes of the 110-minute marathon, making eight saves, the majority of them on Grade A chances. She took over from Swenson, who was injured amid heavy traffic while corralling a corner kick in the first half.
"We knew what Catherine was capable of," UND coach Matt Kellogg said. "She showed a lot of poise. It's a different situation, too, when you come into a game rather than start in it.
"Sometimes, pressure reveals those abilities. She stepped up huge for the program."
Most of her eight saves came from short range, with the highlight-reel effort coming when she jumped high to tip a shot, seemingly destined for the net, over the crossbar.
"At first, I was terrified," Klein said about her unexpected entry into a collegiate game. "When Olivia had to come out, my heart broke for her. But then my adrenaline flowed and I tried to attack the ball.
"I was nervous, but I trusted my training and my skills. And my teammates were really supportive out there."
Kellogg said he didn't know the status of Swenson's upper-leg injury, which was sustained amid a corner-kick pack of bodies.
UND's best two scoring chances came off the foot of Katie Moller, both in the first half. UNI goalie goalie Whitney Blunt's lunging dive tipped one shot from close range and then Moller shot just wide at another opportunity.
Blunt made six saves for the game while Klein had nine and Swenson one for the Fighting Hawks.
"I think a tie was a fair result," Kellogg said.