With a third-minute goal from Lola Weiss, University of Sioux Falls Soccer defeated St. Cloud State by a 1-0 margin on Sunday afternoon. The third victory of the season, the Cougars improve to 3-9-2 overall, setting a new program best for wins in a season since USF gained full membership in NCAA Division II and joined the NSIC in 2012.
Sioux Falls wasted no time in the first half taking a lead, scoring in the third minute of the game. Lauren LaFavre started the Cougars’ scoring chance with a give-and-go with Jackie Montes, who returned the ball to LaFavre down the right flank with a long pass. After taking a touch to settle the ball, LaFavre served the ball across the box and Weiss guided the ball into the net for her third goal of the season.
St. Cloud State (6-5-3, 5-3-3 NSIC) was eager to equalize the score with three shots in the minutes following the USF goal. After the first SCSU scoring effort sailed wide of the net, USF goalkeeper Morgan Perkins saved consecutive shots. LaFavre added USF’s second shot on goal in the first half with a try from distance that was saved by the SCSU net minder. Perkins added two more saves later in the first half to keep the Cougars up 1-0 entering halftime.
Heading into the wind in the second half, the Cougars only mustered three more shots, but their defense stood tall in front of Perkins. The first three of St. Cloud State’s nine second-half shots sailed high before they put one on frame, but Perkins was up to task with the save.
With the Cougars clinging to their one-goal lead, Perkins added the final touches for her third shutout of the season. St. Cloud State took two more shots in the final four minutes of the game, placing each on frame. In addition to her final two saves, Perkins was key for the Cougars as she helped milk the clock to preserve the Cougar victory.
Alexa D’Acunto led the Cougars with two total shots while Becca Schmitz, McKayla Philippi, Alexandria Scott and Montes each adding one for the Cougars.
Sioux Falls enters the stretch run of the 2016 season as they start a three-game road trip next weekend with games at Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State on Oct. 22 and 23, respectively.