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Hawks have successful soccer opener

UND downs Southern Indiana 1-0

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UND's Allison Rapaduski, green headband, hugs fellow Fighting Hawks forward Amelia Loeffler (5) following Loeffler's no-look goal in the first half of a matinee soccer match against Southern Indiana at Grand Forks' Bronson Field on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS – In the Summit League preseason women’s soccer poll, UND was picked 10th – the last spot in the ranking.

The Fighting Hawks will be young this season as well, trying to improve on last season’s 3-13-1 record.

None of that mattered Thursday at Bronson Field where UND downed Division I newcomer Southern Indiana 1-0 to open the season.

“I think we have potential,” said UND freshman Amelia Loeffler, who scored the only goal of the match.”Everyone is kind of underestimating us so we could use that to our advantage.”

For Loeffler, a forward from Claremont, Calif., her first collegiate game was a great experience.

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“It was exhilarating, honestly,” she said. “I’m still shaking.”

Southern Indiana, which went 1-0-1 in exhibition games against three Division I opponents, outshot UND 11-7 and put pressure on the Hawks in the closing minutes of the match.

But UND responded with solid defense, especially in its back line play.

Livingston finished with five saves. It was the senior’s fifth career shutout.

“The back line was awesome and Madi’s communication was awesome,” said UND coach Chris Logan. “We were very watertight at the back and that’s a great thing to build on.”

Overall, it was a good start for the Hawks.

“We scored on a set piece,” said Logan. “But we probably should have killed the game at the end. Against a team that was unbeaten against three Division teams in the preseason, it was definitely a good start for us.”

Leading up to the season opener, Logan said he liked what he saw during the team’s fall camp.

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“Even though we have a freshman and three sophomores in the back, they were connected and helped spread the word defensively. We have a lot of solid defenders and attackers with a lot of flair.”

Loeffler’s goal came on an assist from Julia Briggs. Hannah Olson led UND with two shots on goal.

UND will host the University of Jamestown on Saturday before making its first road trip of the season beginning Aug. 25 at Northern Colorado. The Hawks then play at Wyoming before taking on Creighton on Sept. 1.

One of the highlights for UND’s home schedule this season comes Sept. 4 against Minnesota.

Southern Indiana, which was a longtime Division II power, is making its Division I debut this season, playing in the Ohio Valley Conference.

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UND midfielder Allison Tschetter nails a header against Southern Indiana's Adriana Berruti (7) during a home soccer matchup at Bronson Field in Grand Forks on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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UND's Sarah McCracken and Southern Indiana midfielder Emma Thurston (2) jockey for possession of the ball in the first half of a women's soccer match at Bronson Field in Grand Forks on Thursday, August 18, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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