The women’s soccer team picked up their first Summit League win over North Dakota State (7-9-0, 4-3-0). The Coyotes won the game 3-2, with a big performance from senior Erin Bello who added a goal and two assists.
“Erin (Bello) played with a large amount of determination,” assistant coach Josh Green said. “NDSU was in a different setup and it allowed her to take advantage of the middle of the field.”
After the win against the Bison, the Coyotes took on rival South Dakota State and fell 1-0 on a Jackrabbits goal in the last minutes of play.
“We just have to push the loss out of our head and focus on the success of Friday night,” Bello said. “We know what we did right against NDSU. We just have to come out fresh”
The weekend put the Coyotes at 2-12-3 for the season, and 1-5-1 in the Summit League, last in the conference standings.
The Coyotes face the University of Missouri Kansas City (5-9-4, 2-4-1 conf.) a team sporting a two game losing streak.
“We know we can’t make the conference tournament, but we still want to get a win,” said senior Rachel Greene.
The game will mark the first matchup with the Kangaroo’s on the season, and will be the last game of the 2012 season.
“We want to make a statement,” Greene said. “The girls could just come out and goof off, but that’s not in their nature. They want to come out and get a win and make a statement for next fall.”
Saturday’s game against the Kangaroos will also cap off the careers of the team’s only seniors, Greene and Bello, who helped the transition of the team to Division I.
“It’s only a matter of time until the wins start to build up, and I’ll know I did my part for the program,” said Greene.
After a season of frustration for the Coyotes, the team looks to build off the accomplishments from 2012 moving into the spring and next fall.
This season tied the most goals scored in a season since 2009, with shots against decreasing over the course of the season.
“It was a frustrating year, but we got a couple of good wins, and we look at the season as something we can learn from for next year,” said Green.