USD women’s soccer split games last week, beating New Mexico State on Thursday and losing a close Senior Day game to UMKC on Sunday.
Senior Taryn LaBree scored a pair of goals in the 3-0 win in Las Cruces, N.M. The victory was the Coyotes’ third in a row and pushed the Coyotes past last years win total with a record of 5-2-2.
Senior goalkeeper Parker Rytz recorded her second consecutive shutout, and her fourth shutout of the season, stopping all five shots on goal.
The Coyotes returned to First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex Sunday to face UMKC on Senior Day.
“Right off the bat we got together as a team and said ‘this game is for the seniors’,” Senior goalkeeper Coral Suarez said.
Suarez was in goal for the first half of the game, recording six saves on six shots on-frame. The only goal of the first half came from freshman midfielder Taylor Cotter, her first of the season.
The second half ended as four goals were scored in the final minutes of action. UMKC’s Reighan Childers would tie the game in the 72nd minute with a goal assisted by the NCAA’s third leading scorer Kelsey Mothershead. The duo broke the tie in the 89th as Reighan Childers hit the go-ahead goal.
Just over a minute later, with 23 seconds left, Joana Zanin bent in a goal from 25 yards away that would land number one on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.
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“My goal subbing in was to go and score for the seniors,” Zanin said. “ It was truly an awesome feeling.”
The celebration didn’t last long as the 2-2 tie was snapped by Rylan Childers, who took a corner kick from Reighan Childers ? to score with six seconds left. The thriller pushed USD’s record to 5-3-2. Rytz finished the game with two saves, and the Coyotes placed five of eight shots on frame.
“I imagine it was fun for the fans to watch, but UMKC is a good team,” head coach Michael Thomas said. “I’m proud of the team and the resilience they showed, but we also learned what happens when you play for 89 minutes and 50 seconds.”
The Coyotes move into Summit League play this week with a trip to the University of Denver (4-4-2) on Friday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.