The Thunderbirds saw their record fall to 4-8-1 overall and 1-4 in Summit League play while the Bison improved to 8-4-4 overall and 3-2-1 in conference. SUU finished with an 8-6 advantage in shots.
Both teams turned in impressive defensive performances, holding each other scoreless throughout regulation and the first overtime session. SUU’s best scoring chance came late in regulation as junior forward McKenzie Hadley dribbled inside the NDSU box before slipping a pass to redshirt-sophomore forward Stacey Brinkman who one-timed a shot that missed just wide. The shot hit the side of the net to give the Thunderbirds and fans a brief second of excitement only to see the ball on the right side of the goal and the teams returning to play.
Neither team got a shot off in the first overtime session as both defenses spoiled numerous offensive runs. Minutes into the second overtime, the Bison, who finished with a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks, made their final count as their corner kick went across the SUU box before Brooklyn Dyce headed one towards the left post but had her shot blocked by a Thunderbird defender. The ball stayed in the box and bounced right to NDSU’s Holly Christian who kicked in the match-winner in the 105th minute.
Southern Utah redshirt-sophomore keeper Charly Booth turned in another outstanding performance, making a number of leaping grabs and big kicks to stop NDSU threats and get SUU on the attack. Booth finished with one save while Kalani Bertsch made four saves for the Bison.
The Thunderbirds take to the road next weekend, traveling to face Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday and then Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana on Sunday.