Fort Wayne's Arianne Mason came off the bench to score two second-half goals and lead the Mastodons to a 3-0 victory over the University of South Dakota. The goals were the second and third of the year for Mason.
The Coyotes had several opportunities to score early but failed to capitalize. Three minutes into the game Erin Bello struck a header off of a Teagan Eberle (Schaumburg, IL) corner kick that Fort Wayne goalkeeper Sam Pavlika was able to corral for a save.
Just over ten minutes later South Dakota and Bello had a similar opportunity to put some points on the board but again Pavlika came up with the save. Pavlika's successive punt soared over the heads of the USD defenders to a streaking Rachel Good who took advantage of the one-on-one match up with Coyote keeper Jen Shaefer (Cary, NC) to put the Mastodons up 1-0.
The USD midfield did a nice job of possessing the ball and stringing together passes, but they were never able to connect on a through-ball and get a clear look at the IPFW goal.
It was also Faculty Appreciation Day, and five South Dakota professors were honored at midfield before the start of the match.
South Dakota will be back at it again Sunday at the USD Soccer Complex. They face the Oakland Golden Grizzlies Sunday at noon.