Redemption is surely on the minds of members of the University of South Dakota women’s soccer team.
Five days after the University of South Dakota women’s soccer team suffered their worse defeat of the season, a 7-0 loss to Iowa State, the Coyotes (1-7-2) will walk onto the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Sept. 29 with a chance to bounce back from a five-game winning drought.
Head coach Mandy Green said there are a handful of key components the team must focus on to keep the team in contention.
“We need to a better job of defending the ball, keeping the ball and playing as a team,” Green said.
First-year Danielle Anderson has scored three of the Coyotes nine goals this season.
“I think we need to come out right away and score quickly and just never let up,” Anderson said.
Over the course of the 2012 season, the Coyotes have scored 13 goals over nine games while allowing 30 goals, a Summit League high.
Saturday’s match against IUPUI will be USD’s sixth consecutive road game, their last home game being 3-2 victory over the College of St. Mary on Sept. 2.
Green said the road has taken its toll on the team.
“Having a younger team, is nice but (traveling) definitely hasn’t helped,” Green said.“ Definitely doesn’t helps when traveling as much as we have,” Green said. “”
Junior Jenny Teslow said the team has the pieces necessary to win but needs to work on playing through all 90 minutes.
“We need to start being more consistent throughout games,” Teslow said. “Whether we are winning or losing we need to finish out our games.”
Green said the team is scaling practices down in preparation for IUPUI.
“We are getting back to focusing on keeping possession of the ball,” Green said. “We have been shying away from that in the last couple weeks and it has not helped us.”
Saturday’s game against IUPUI is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. CT.
Following the Coyotes game against the Jaguars, the team will compete in their seventh consecutive road game against Western Illinois Sept. 30.