Facing North Dakota State, the number one ranked team in the Summit League conference, proved to be a challenge for the Coyotes, who lost 0-1, Oct. 23.
The defeat dropped the University of South Dakota women’s soccer record to 1-13-3 on the season.
Junior Erin Bello said North Dakota State was a tough match-up for the Coyotes.
“They’re a good team and they’re ranked up in the top (of the conference),” Bello said. “I think we competed well with them this team.”
Sophomore Jenny Teslow said the wind had a huge effect on the game making it hard to aim straight. She said the team needed to keep the ball out of the air.
“We needed to play the ball more on the ground, and we needed to connect more,” Teslow said.
Although the Coyotes have been struggling, they have come a long way from the beginning of the season, Green said.
“People are starting to see us become composed with how many young players we have,” Green said.
The Coyotes are a young team, with 21 freshmen and three sophomores on the team.
Bello said she helps teach some of the younger players because she is one of the few upperclassmen on the team.
“I’m one of the grandma’s on the team, so I have to kind of tell them what’s up,” Bello said. “We have a lot of well.”
Green said it has been a season of learning for the entire team.
“It’s definitely a work in progress but we have come a long way this season,” Green said.