The 2012 season can be summarized as too little, too late for the University of South Dakota women’s soccer team as the team finds themselves at 1-6-2 at the midway point.
The team will look to turn their season around when they travel to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones on Sept. 23, their final game before entering conference play.
The Coyotes head into Ames fresh off a 4-1 loss to Northern Illinois on Sept. 16.
The Cyclones have a 7-3 record on the season, and are one of the most skilled opponents USD will face all season.
Head coach Mandy Green said despite early season adversity, the team is more than capable to turn this season around.
“If we keep doing what we’ve been doing and doing it better we will break through and beat teams,” Green said.
Iowa State is part of the Big 12 Conference and has played mostly top 20 teams in the nation, so this is a big step up for the Coyotes.
“Their size and speed will be an adjustment for us, but if we come out right, we’ll be ready to play,” Green said.
Green also encourages fans to come out to the games and support the team.
“It’s tough that we’re getting judged on wins and losses if fans came out and saw us play they would see we are playing really well and doing things the right way, we are just missing a few pieces here and there,” Green said.
Following the Coyote’s match against Iowa State, the team will head east to Indianapolis, Ind. for their first Summit League play of the year against IUPUI.