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Bears come to life on the road

September 16, 2011 | 9:02 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Northern Colorado went on the road and came away with a 2-1 road victory over Creighton.

After scoring three goals in the first seven games, the Bears (2-5-1) scored two goals in a game for the first time this season.

“That was an exceptional effort on the road against a good team,” Northern Colorado coach Tim Barrera said. “I am really proud of the way the kids worked hard. It was a really good overall team effort.”

Danielle Birdsall, the defending Big Sky Offensive MVP had been held scoreless in the team’s first seven games, but found the game-winner late in the second half.

In the 75th minute, Kimmie Feidler let go a corner kick that was headed off the crossbar and back into play. Birdsall knocked the rebound past Bluejays goalkeeper Katie Jo Swanson to give the Bears a 2-1 lead.

Creighton (3-4-0) managed to get out to an early lead, as Brittney Neumann scored her second goal of the season in just the 11th minute. Neumann beat Northern Colorado goalkeeper Kirstin Salminen one-on-one after receiving a through-ball from Lauren Cingoranelli.

For the second match in a row, the Bears found themselves in an early hole. But this time, the team wasted no time in digging themselves out as Angela Csaszar scored her first career goal in the 12th minute. The goal came off an Ariel Cook cross, giving Cook her first point of the year.

“I was proud of the way the players fought back,” Barrera said. “We turned right around and got that early goal back and they worked hard to get the corner late.”

Next Up: Northern Colorado hosts Drake on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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