USD women’s soccer falls to ORU

Junior Erin Bello recorded the first hat trick of her career with three goals, but it wasn't enough as Oral Roberts topped the South Dakota women's soccer team, 5-3, in Summit League action Saturday night in Tulsa, OK. The contest ended the 2011 season for the Coyotes.

Bello scored three times – her third goal gave the Coyotes a 3-2 lead in the 57th minute – and finished the season with a team-high five goals. Freshman Jess Nieman added an assist.

The game featured a combined 42 shots in the game – Oral Roberts had 22 and South Dakota had 20. Bello had a game-high nine shots, including five on goal, while freshman Lauren Bennett added five shots, including three on goal.

Freshman Kayla Wegman started the game in net for the Coyotes and had a career-high six saves. Freshman Mackenzie Viktor played the second half and had one save.

The contest was a seesaw battle for much of the night. South Dakota had a 15-11 edge in shots in the second half.

The Coyotes had no seniors on their active roster – Sami Spokas was a medical redshirt and did not play in 2010 – and have just two juniors. They had an NCAA Division I high of 21 freshmen on their roster.

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