The USD women’s soccer team secured a 2-1 victory over rivals South Dakota State University Friday, the first time they’ve beat the Jackrabbits since 2003.
Going into the match SDSU held the top spot in the Summit League as the Jackrabbits were undefeated in Summit League play. Junior Katlin Ptacek scored the first goal of the match and her career as a USD Coyote.
Later in the game freshman Taryn LaBree sailed the ball past the SDSU goalkeeper Maggie Smither. This increased the score to 2-0. The Jackrabbits responded with a goal of their own by Nicole Hatcher putting the score at 2-1.
The 20-30 mph winds played a role in how well the teams performed. SDSU led in shots 10-8. However, USD led on shots on goal 6-5 in the first half but trailed in the second half 7-2. USD was able to stop SDSU from scoring on five separate occasions thanks to their goalkeeper Parker Rytz.
Not only is beating their rivals an exciting win for the Coyotes, it also means that USD takes a 2-0 lead in the all-sport South Dakota Showdown Series. The game was USD’s first win against SDSU at the Division I level and ended a five-game losing streak dating back to 2003.
The Coyotes will be back in action on Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.