The Thunderbird soccer team played their final home game of the 2017 season Sunday afternoon, dropping the match 3-0 to the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.
“These last couple of games have been tough because there are a lot of things that we have improved upon,” head coach Fred Thompson said “We’ve been connecting passes, we’ve been changing the ball from side to side, and we have been moving up the field well. This game could have been really hectic because of North Dakota’s play style, but we were able to control the play and move the ball to take some of the steam out of that.”
The game stayed scoreless for the first 30 minutes of play, with both sides creating opportunities and just missing out on scoring first. The Fighting Hawks were the first to break through, scoring in the 33rd and 34th minutes, making it 2-0 in a matter of seconds.
They added their third goal of the game in the 80th minute, making it the final score of 3-0.
Ally Thimsen led the Thunderbirds in shots with seven total shots, three of them on goal. Alanna Carbonaro got the start in goal for the Thunderbirds, making five saves in her third full game of the season.
“We’ll spend some time working on seeing things better and staying composed up top,” Thompson said. “Our soccer intelligence is continuing to grow and we’ll continue to make progress towards getting better over these next two games.”
Southern Utah is now 3-5 in Big Sky Conference play and could still make it to the Big Sky tournament in November. The Thunderbirds will hit the road one last time during the regular season next weekend as they take on Northern Arizona and Sacramento State.
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SUU Strategic Athletic Communications