The Minnesota Duluth women's soccer program is back at Malosky Stadium in Duluth to play a regular season home game on Friday, hosting Rockhurst University at 6 p.m.
The nonconference match is the Bulldogs' first regular season home game in 671 days after the 2020 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bulldogs, who went 0-2 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula last weekend against Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan to open the season, are also bringing back their Kicks for Causes campaign that first started in 2014. Kicks for Causes allows junior and senior student-athletes to work with and spotlight organizations and causes that are close to their hearts.
Friday's game against Rockhurst is part of Bulldog Athletics' Military Appreciation Weekend. It will highlight Honor Flight Northland, an organization chosen by senior goalkeeper Becca Osborne. Honor Flight Northland takes veterans from Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin to Washington D.C. to visit national war memorials free of charge.
"Many of my family members have experienced an Honor Flight and their experience is one that they still talk about to this day," Osborne told UMDBulldogs.com. "The simple act of saying 'Thank you for your service' is so easy to do, but one that many veterans of the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War era have yet to experience. I hope this day not only raises awareness and positively contributes to Honor Flight Northland, but also reminds everyone to thank our service men and women."
As part of Military Appreciation Weekend, all current and former service members can receive a free ticket to Friday's game by showing a valid military ID at the ticket office window.