USD defeats Huskies to end three-game skid

USD defeats Huskies to end three-game skid
South Dakota ended its three-game losing streak with a convincing 4-2 North Central Conference victory over St. Cloud Stat.e The Coyotes improved to 7-6-1 overall and evened their NCC record to 4-4-0 while SCSU fell to 4-10-3 on the season and 0-8-2 in league play.

Junior midfielder Abby Richards (Urbandale, IA) had her first career multi-point game to help USD halt its brief losing skid with her first career goal and her second career assist. Also scoring goals for the Coyotes were senior forward Brooke Youds (Maple Grove, MN), sophomore forward Sarah Halback (St. Paul, MN) and sophomore midfielder Angela O'Loughlin (Broomfield, CO), with O'Loughlin's proving to be the game winner.

St. Cloud State actually got on the board first with 15:06 elapsed in the first half on a goal by Savanna Swanson. Youds evened the score just 51 seconds before the halftime break with her fifth goal of the season off of an assist by freshman defender Roni Sundet (Sioux Falls, SD).

USD's offensive attack provided two more goals in the first 10 minutes of play in the second half to push the score to 3-1. Halbach started it off with her second goal of the year 4:31 into the half with Richards assisting on the play. O'Loughlin then added what proved to be the game winner, which was the first of her career, at the 54:20 mark with senior forward Tina Brummer (Gretna, NE) collecting an assist.

The Huskies made things interesting when Trista Cooke scored a goal with 20:33 remaining in the contest to slice the deficit to 3-2. However, Richards added an insurance goal with just 3:29 left on the clock off of an assist by junior defender Katie Freeman (Urbandale, IA) to put the game away.

Senior goalkeeper Candice Martinez (Aurora, CO) got the start in net and allowed two goals while making three saves to push her record to 2-2-1 on the season. USD out-shot the Huskies by a 21-8 margin, including an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal.

The Coyotes will next return to action on Friday, Oct. 20, when they travel to Duluth, MN, to take on Minnesota Duluth in a NCC game starting at 6 p.m.

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