St. Cloud State scores late goal to edge USD women’s soccer team, 1-0

St. Cloud State scores late goal to edge USD women's soccer team, 1-0
In a season full of close finishes, The University of South Dakota women's soccer team (4-3-2, 1-1 NCC) dropped a 1-0 decision to the St. Cloud State Huskies in North Central Conference action on Sunday afternoon in St. Cloud, MN.

In nine games this season, USD has played in four overtime games (1-1-2 record) with a combined seven matches (3-2-2 mark) decided by two goals or less. With the loss, South Dakota now stands 4-3-2 on the season, including 1-1 in NCC play. St. Cloud State improved to 3-2-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCC.

In a defensive struggle between SCSU and USD, the winning goal did not occur until the final 10 minutes of the match when the Huskies' Gabrielle Najera scored off an assist from Sarah Wuotila at the 81:45 mark. The Huskies controlled the action with a 23-14 shots advantage, including 9-5 in the first half and 14-9 in the second period. The Coyotes held the edge in corner kicks by a 6-3 total.

USD's Sarah Halbach (Jr., St. Paul, MN) recorded three shots, including one on-goal, while Katie Freeman (Sr., Urbandale, MN) also had three shots with two on-goal. Freshman Jennifer Ogren (Raymore, MO) started her second straight match at goal keeper for USD and had another strong outing. Ogren allowed just one goal and recorded 12 saves in 90 minutes of work. SCSU goal keeper Elizabeth Kelly did not allow a goal and had three saves in her 90 minutes of work in the net.

South Dakota returns home to face Minnesota-Duluth in the Coyotes' NCC home season opener on Friday, Sept. 21. The match between USD and UMD is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the USD Soccer Field.

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