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Ex-UMD coach loses North Dakota debut

Senior quarterback Blake Jurich threw for

250 yards and three touchdowns to lead San Jose State to a 42-10 victory over visiting North Dakota in a nonconference season opener Thursday, spoiling former Minnesota Duluth coach Bubba Schweigert’s North Dakota debut.

Jurich added a rushing TD as the Spartans outgained North Dakota 406-244 and did not turn the ball over.

Schweigert, a native of Zeeland, N.D., coached UMD from 2004 to 2007, compiling a 21-20 record and earning a share of the North Central Conference title in 2005. He was the defensive coordinator at Southern Illinois from 2008-13 before returning to North Dakota, where he was an assistant coach from 1989-2003.


UMD tops Lakehead in exhibition

It’s still early, but it appears Brett Ervin is well on his way to making up for lost time.

The Minnesota Duluth senior center had 26 points to lead the Bulldogs to an 83-78 exhibition victory over Lakehead University on Friday in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Ervin, the 2013-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division preseason player of the year, didn’t play last season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.

“It helps to have Brett back,” UMD coach Matt Bowen said. “Offensively, we were really sharp. We were really efficient and scored in a lot of areas, so overall, I was pleased with that.”

Bowen would like to see better defense and rebounding when the teams play two more exhibitions today. The games are part of UMD’s “foreign tour,” which NCAA programs are afforded once every four years. The Bulldogs, however, hadn’t taken one since going to Seoul, South Korea, in 1988.

Senior guard Reece Zoelle had a strong floor game for UMD, while senior guard Junior Coleman was solid. Justin Byrd and Pierre Newton saw their first action in some time, with Byrd playing in only eight games last winter and Newton redshirting.

The Bulldogs were allotted 10 practice sessions in preparation for the trip.

“You get what you practice, and it showed,” Bowen said. “I wanted this to be a fun experience, so we worked mostly on offense in practice. I didn’t want them to beat their heads in doing defensive drills every day. So defensively, we still have a long ways to go.”

College men’s soccer

Men’s Saints fall to fifth-ranked Trinity

Fifth-ranked Trinity scored the first three goals and held on to defeat St. Scholastica 3-1 in sweltering conditions in the Saints’ season opener Friday in San Antonio.

Senior forward Andrew Jenkins scored the Saints’ lone goal on a penalty kick in the second half.

Game-time temperature for the 4 p.m. contest was 96 degrees. The Saints play another game in San Antonio at 8 p.m. today against Southwestern.

College women’s soccer

Women’s Saints routed by No. 2 Trinity

Sophomore midfielder Kirsten Olsen scored the lone goal for St. Scholastica, which opened the season Friday with a 7-1 loss to No. 2-ranked Trinity in San Antonio.

Olsen’s goal came in the 66th minute, just 65 seconds after Trinity notched its sixth goal of the night. Emily Jorgens had two goals and two assists for the Tigers, including the opening goal 3:07 into the match.

Six of Trinity’s seven goals came against Saints junior goalkeeper Kelsey Reeves, who finished with

13 saves. She was replaced in the 74th minute by senior Angie Topper, who allowed the seventh goal.

The Saints meet No. 16 Hardin-Simmons at 6 p.m. today.

Augsburg blanks Yellowjackets

The Wisconsin-Superior women’s team fell 8-0 to Augsburg College on Friday night in Minneapolis in its season opener.

Augsburg scored 29 seconds apart in the fifth minute to go ahead 2-0. Marie Fitzgerald scored twice in the 15th and 21st minutes to put UWS down 4-0, while Kaitlyn Terrio added two second-half goals for Augsburg.

Friday’s game was the debut for UWS coach Morgan MacLean of Duluth. He’ll make his home debut when the Yellowjackets return to Superior for their next contest against Martin Luther College at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

College volleyball

Saints split on opening day of season

St. Scholastica opened the season with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-18 sweep over Chapman, followed by a 25-20,

15-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-6 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday in Claremont, Calif.

In the opener, junior outside hitter Kortney Morrin led the Saints with 12 kills, while sophomore Noelle Elvehjem and junior middle blocker Gloria Ohaju of Duluth each finished with six kills. Senior setter Erika Birkeland had 26 assists.

Senior defensive specialist Tannyr Heyl led the St. Scholastica defense with 15 digs and junior defensive specialist Danielle Benusa totaled 14.

Against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Morrin and freshman outside hitter Amanda Belden of Esko led the Saints with 13 kills apiece. Elvehjem had 10 kills, Ohaju added nine kills and Birkeland had 40 assists.

Defensively, Heyl led with 27 digs, Morrin had 21 and Birkeland had 20.

The Saints continue play today in La Verne, Calif., against Occidental at 11 a.m. and La Verne at 1 p.m.

College men’s soccer

UWS shut out in season opener

Wisconsin-Superior was shut out 2-0 by Elmhurst College in its season opener on Friday evening in Elmhurst, Ill.

Both Elmhurt goals came in the first half with a long throw-in bouncing off a couple heads, lastly by Brett Stiffler, in the 19th minute to put the Yellowjackets down 1-0. Elmhurst’s Mike Emig beat UWS senior goalkeeper Matt Elder one-on-one in the 41st minute for the second goal.

UWS continues play in Elmhurst at 4 p.m. today against the University of Dubuque.