The University of South Dakota women's soccer team built a 3-1 halftime lead and held on for a 4-3 win over North Dakota in Great West Conference action Sunday in Grand Forks, ND.
USD (4-9-1, 2-2 GWC)) evened it mark in the Great West Conference with the win, while North Dakota fell to 1-12-2, 0-5-1 GWC).
The Coyotes started out quickly, scoring in the opening minutes with Erin Bello (RFr., Fort Collins, CO) scoring off of an assist from Yutzil Rodriguez (Fr., Pierre). Rachael Loomis scored for North Dakota just 23 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1.
Rodriguez scored her first goal as a Coyote at the 12:04 mark to put the Coyotes up 2-1, and minutes later, Sarah Wheeler (Jr., Duluth, MN) scored to put USD up 3-1.
The Coyotes extended the lead to 4-1 when Katie Quinones (Jr., Rochester, MN) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season, with an assist from Rachel Greene (Fr., Onalaska, WI).
North Dakota battled back late with two goals, but USD held on for the 4-3 win, which was the Coyotes' fourth win over the Sioux this season.
"We came with a clear vision of what to do and what to exploit," said USD head coach Marcia Oliveira. "We did a very good job in the first half and slowed down in the second half. We can't afford to slow down in a game we were dominating. We lost a defensive player to injury and not continuing to produce almost cost us too much. It was chaotic at the end of the game and we need to learn to stay in control. The team did a very good job of fighting to the end. It was nice to beat UND in all of our games this year."
Jennifer Ogren (Jr., Raymore, MO) had seven saves for USD. North Dakota had a 16-14 edge in shots.