The University of South Dakota women's soccer team enjoyed a solid showing in its first exhibition game on Thursday with a 2-0 win over Northern Iowa in Waterloo, IA. The contest was played in three 30-minute halves.
The Coyotes, who will face Omaha in a final exhibition game on Saturday before the regular season begins on Aug. 17, got goals from junior Jenny Teslow (Sioux Falls) and freshman Taylor Nivala (Andover, Minn.) in Thursday's win. Freshman Teagan Eberle (Schaumburg, IL) assisted on both goals.
South Dakota had a 10-8 in shots in the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor (Fort Collins, Colo.) and freshman Abby Lindsay (Plymouth, MN) combined on the shutout in net for the Coyotes. Viktor had seven saves.
"It is good to start off the season with a win, even if it is just an exhibition game," South Dakota head coach Mandy Green said. "It was good to get out and play somebody different after beating up each other all week. Everybody got into the game at some point. We saw some really good things from the team that we can build on. UNI exposed a lot of things we need to work on. I was excited to see us get goals on the board the way we did and I was happy we didn't give up any goals."
The exhibition game gave the Coyote coaching staff a chance to look at several players, as 27 saw action in the game.
Saturday's game at Omaha begins at noon. The regular-season opener for South Dakota is set for Aug. 17 at Gonzaga (4 p.m. Central time start).