USD soccer (7-6-2, 2-3) dropped a pair of one-goal matches to South Dakota State (SDSU) (9-5-1, 4-1) on Friday and Omaha (5-9-2, 2-2-1) on Sunday.
USD at SDSU
The Coyote soccer team fell to the South Dakota State 1-0 in double overtime in Brookings on Friday.
After a scoreless 90 minutes, the SDSU freshman forward Abigail Kastens scored in the 104th minute, assisted by junior Leah Manuleleua.
Outshot by SDSU 22-4, senior goalkeeper Parker Rytz’s nine saves kept the game close. USD’s four shots came from juniors Taryn LaBree, Amanda Carpio and Kellee Willer, as well as freshman Tiannah Moore.
USD at Omaha
The Coyote soccer team traveled south to Omaha for a match-up against the Mavericks on Sunday. The Coyotes fell 1-0 to the Mavericks, after a two hour delayed start, due to the snow.
“The toughest part was being on the road for the away game and having a game delay due to the weather conditions and dealing with the cold from the first snowfall of the season,” said freshman goalkeeper Hollyn Carlton.
After the loss, the soccer team is now 2-3 in Summit League play and 7-6 overall.
The women battled with a strong defense the first half keeping the score tied at 0-0 during the beginning of the game. The Coyotes had a total of 10 attempts at scoring a goal, with five of those attempts touching a goal post, but failing to go inside.
“Some of the highlights from the game was that our defense came up strong in tackles and blocking shots against Omaha,” Carlton said. “Defense held their form and stayed connected for the full 90 minutes.”
Omaha senior Emily Romero scored the lone goal of the match in the 64th minute, giving Omaha their second conference win of the season.
Sophomore Abby Ostrem accounted for three USD’s 10 shots, and Tiannah Moore and sophomore Alexis Mitchell shot twice as well.
Rytz tallied eight total saves for the Coyotes, moving her to 72 on the season, second most in the Summit League.
“We definitely had some solid opportunities offensively,” said freshman midfielder Hannah Roskelly. “Our defense and goalie Parker Rytz did an outstanding job keeping us in the game, making it a very even match.”
USD is now 7-6-2 overall, and 2-3 in conference play. They return to First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex in Vermillion Thursday, Oct. 18 for a 7 p.m. game against Purdue-Fort Wayne.