Jenny Teslow scored an early goal and freshman Corey Strang netted two goals in a span of four minutes as the University of South Dakota won an exhibition match against Viterbo 3-0 Sunday, Aug. 18, at USD Soccer Complex. It is the Coyotes’ lone tune-up prior to Friday’s season and home opener against Loyola.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor returned to the pitch for the first time since early in 2012 when she sustained a season-ending injury. Viktor shook off some rust, played all 90 minutes and made five saves, including two she had to punch high of the net. She also denied Molly Machometa, a 31-goal scorer as a freshman last year, on what would have been a game-tying goal 10 minutes before halftime. Machometa totaled eight minutes Sunday while nursing a leg injury.
Teslow, USD’s lone senior, and sophomore Danielle Anderson led the Coyotes’ in points last season and teamed together for the first goal Sunday. Anderson found Teslow in the middle of the box and Teslow dribbled quickly to her left before drilling a shot past Alicia Seachord 13 minutes into the contest. Teslow had five goals last season. She played 41 minutes Sunday.
Strang, who scored 12 goals as a senior last year at Chaparral High School in southern California, earned a start and was one of four first-year Coyotes who gained their first collegiate experience. Strang’s first collegiate goal came off another sharp pass by Anderson. Strang made the reception near the top of the box and smoothly played a shot that rolled into the right corner of the net. Kylee Willer was also credited with an assist on the play that made it 2-0.
Strang made it 3-0 in the 74th minute by drilling a shot into the top of the net from the right side of the box. Teslow made a steal along the sideline and dribbled away before sending a cross to Strang.
The Coyotes and V-Hawks rotated in 21 players each in a contest that allowed unlimited substitutions. USD out-shot Viterbo 19-13.