Soccer team picks up fourth victory

Soccer team picks up fourth victory
The South Dakota women's soccer team picked up its fourth consecutive victory thanks to a 3-2 overtime victory over North Dakota in a North Central Conference contest at the USD soccer field.

With the win, the Coyotes improved to 5-2-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the NCC while UND fell to 3-5-1 on the year and 1-1-1 in league play.

The game-clinching goal came with 5:54 remaining in the first, and ultimately only overtime session following a hand-ball whistle on North Dakota within the 18-yard box. USD senior midfielder Taryn Ketter stepped up to take the penalty kick, and drilled the ball into the lower-left part of the net for the win.

The wind played a major part in the game as all five goals came with the stout breeze at the back of the scoring team. The Coyotes enjoyed the wind advantage in the first half, and scored a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead into the half.

Junior defender Brooke Youds broke the scoreless deadlock at the 32:09 mark by taking a pass from sophomore midfielder Betsy Blackler and launching a high-arching shot from nearly midfield that slipped in above the UND goalkeeper. With only 1:52 left before the break, the Coyotes added their second goal on a direct free kick by freshman defender Ally Fischer from just outside of the 18-yard box.

USD managed to keep up its offensive pressure early on in the second half despite running against the wind. However, North Dakota took advantage of a pair of Coyote fouls midway through the period to even the score at 2-2.

At the 63:01 mark, Lauren Herrmann got UND on the board by putting in a rebound of off a direct free kick. Less than two minutes later, Kevyn Lindeman evened the score at 2-2 on much the same play as Herrmann's, with Lara Traczyk getting the assist on both goals.

South Dakota managed to hold off UND the rest of the half to force overtime. The Coyotes won the coin toss and chose to take the wind at their back for the first extra session, and that decision paid off handsomely when Ketter ended the game with her penalty kick at the 94:16 mark.

The final shots on goal figures saw USD hold a 23-9 advantage, including a 16-2 lead when the wind was at its back. Freshman goalkeeper Elizabeth Odorisio earned the win for the Coyotes, improving to 4-0-0 on the season, by going the final 22:10 and making one save. Senior Candice Martinez started in net and surrendered two goals while making two saves in the first 72:06 of play.

This was South Dakota's third overtime game of the season, with the club going 2-0-1 in those contests. The Coyotes have not lost an overtime game since 2003, going 4-0-2 in that span. The victory also extended USD's home unbeaten streak to seven matches dating back to last season (6-0-1).

The Coyotes will take on #1 Nebraska-Omaha in their next action, with the USD-UNO contest scheduled for a 4 p.m. start in Omaha, NE, on Friday, Sept. 22.

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