With the win, the Coyotes improved to 7-4-2 overall and 4-2 in the NCC. St. Cloud State dropped to 3-5-1 overall and 1-3 in the NCC. USD scored four goals in a match for the third time this season while recording a season-high 22 shots.
Halbach, a junior from St. Paul, MN, increased her season goal total to a team-high six. Halbach opened the scoring with a goal off a rebound at 10:31 of the first period to give the Coyotes an early 1-0 lead. Later, Carla Neppl (Sr., Omaha, NE) scored her fourth goal of the season off an assist from Elizabeth Odorisio (So., Omaha, NE) at the 21:56 mark of the first half.
With Neppl's goal, USD took a 2-0 lead into halftime. The Coyotes grabbed a 3-0 lead when Katie Freeman (Sr., Urbandale, IA) scored an unassisted goal at the 46:53 mark of the second half. Then, Halbach tallied her second goal of the game off an assist from Freeman at the 53:30 mark of the second half.
St. Cloud State was able to get on the board at 81:45 of the second half when Gabrielle Najera scored off assists from Mary Sertich and Ashley Herold.
The Coyotes had a commanding 22-7 advantage in shots, including a 14-4 margin in the first half. USD outshot SCSU, 8-3, in the second period. The Coyotes also had a 15-2 advantage in corner kicks.
USD goal keepers Ann Opsahl (Jr., Yankton) and Jennifer Ogren (Fr., Raymore, MO) split time in the net. Opsahl did not allow a goal while recording two saves in 45 minutes of work in the first half. Ogren started the second half and allowed just one goal in 45 minutes of work. For SCSU, Elizabeth Kelly allowed four goals and recorded eight saves in 90 minutes of action.
Next for South Dakota will be a match with Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday, Oct. 7 in Omaha, NE.