USD soccer has record day in 8-1 win Oct. 23

USD soccer has record day in 8-1 win Oct. 23
The South Dakota women's soccer team (10-5-1, 3-4-1 NCC) tied a school record for goals in a match in its 8-1 victory over St. Cloud State (4-11-2, 1-7-2 NCC) at the frigid USD Soccer Field Oct. 23.

The Coyotes' eight goals in the match ties the mark that was set against Northwestern (Iowa) on Sept. 19, 2001 and against Dordt on Sept. 4, 2002.

USD recorded numerous season-highs, including shots (31), shots on goal (15), points (23), goals (8) and assists (7).

With the win, South Dakota secures its second consecutive and third overall 10-win season since the program began in 1999.

Seven different players scored for the Coyotes, who were led by freshman Sarah Halbach's (St. Paul, Minn.) two goals and one assist. Halbach scored the third goal of the match at 38:43 assisted by Tina Brummer (Gretna, Neb.), which followed Brummer's goal that was assisted by Halbach ten minutes earlier at 28:22.

Halbach also added the last goal of the match with six seconds left on the clock on an assist from Bethany Hamilton (Rapid City). Halbach now is tied for the team lead (Ervin) in goals with nine.

Senior Beth Schuster (Omaha, NE) started the scoring at 12:45, when she recorded her fifth goal of the season on a pass from Amy Duba (Sioux Falls).

In the second half, with USD up 3-0, senior Jessica Schnell (Lincoln, NE) notched her second goal of the season at 53:30 on a pass from Betsy Blackler (Rapid City).

After St. Cloud State's Cassi Johnson put the Huskies on the board at 60:29, Blackler responded for USD with her third goal of the season at 61:43. Blacker's goal was assisted by Brummer and Duba.

USD junior Carla Neppl (Omaha, NE) put the ball high and right of SCSU's Stephanie Brendel on a free kick at 77:38 to give the Coyotes a 6-1 lead. Thirteen seconds later, sophomore Ashley Ervin (Western Springs, IL) tacked on her ninth goal of the season unassisted.

The Huskies finished the match with five shots, three of which were on goal.

Coyote goalie Keyton Wheeklock (Traverse City, MI) finished the match with two saves and allowed the lone goal in upping her season record to 8-3-1.

Brendel allowed eight goals and made seven saves in 80:19 for the Huskies, while Daneen Berquist allowed one goal in the remaining 9:41.

South Dakota will continue its home stand when they take on Minnesota-Duluth on Friday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. at the USD Soccer Field, before hosting North Dakota on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.

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