South Dakota junior defender Katlin Ptacek and freshman striker Taryn LaBree scored as the Coyotes defeated South Dakota State 2-1 Friday afternoon at the First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex.
The game was South Dakota’s (3-12-1, 2-3-0 Summit) first win against South Dakota State (8-5-1, 3-1-0) at the Division I level and ended a five-game skid dating back to 2003. The two teams are now tied 5-5 in the all-time series.
The Jackrabbits held the top spot in the Summit League standings, undefeated in league play, entering the match. Ptacek put the Coyotes on the board in the 44th minute when a free kick from midfield flew over the crowded box of players and into the top left corner of the net. It was Ptacek’s first goal of her Coyote career. South Dakota State has not won a game this season, while losing five, when they were not the first to score.
LaBree clinched the eventual game-winner in the 62nd minute. Sophomore striker Sammie Villwock carried the ball up the left flank and sent a low cross to LaBree in the box. LaBree tapped it to the right of SDSU goalkeeper Maggie Smither and finished it for her second collegiate goal.
Jackrabbit striker Nicole Hatcher followed LaBree’s goal with one of her own. Hatcher, who has scored a point in seven consecutive matches for the Jacks, headed the ball towards the goal in the 64th minute. After the first header deflected off the cross bar, she rallied a second header attempt towards the back of the net.
The Coyotes’ tight defense limited the Jackrabbits to two shots in the remaining 26 minutes, with both shots coming directly off of a corner kick.
Although the overall shots-on-goal were evenly matched with SDSU leading 10-8, a strong wind out of the South affected each half. The Coyotes led 6-3 in shots when they were with the wind in the first half, while the Jackrabbits led 7-2 when they had the wind at their backs in the second half. LaBree’s game-winner came as the Coyotes were fighting against the 20-30 mph winds.
USD sophomore goalkeeper Parker Rytz pulled in five saves for the Coyotes during the full 90 minutes between the posts.
The Coyotes also defended well on the ground and in the air against set pieces. The Jackrabbits led in corner kick opportunities 6-2 and had 14 free kicks to South Dakota’s four.
In addition to tying the series history between the soccer programs, South Dakota takes a 2-0 lead in the all-sport South Dakota Showdown Series for the first time in the five-year history of the trophy. Coyote volleyball scored the first point earlier this month in Brookings, S.D.
The Coyotes travel to Tulsa, Okla., for a match against Oral Roberts at 1 p.m. Oct. 23. League play wraps up back at home the weekend of Oct. 28.