Coyote Soccer Ends Season With Win Over Fort Wayne

Strang Scores Both Goals In 2-1 Win

South Dakota senior striker Corey Strang scored the game-winner in the 2-1 decision over Fort Wayne for the third consecutive season at First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex Sunday afternoon.

Strang has scored five goals in South Dakota (5-13-1, 4-4 Summit) contests against Fort Wayne (3-14-2, 0-6-2 Summit) in the past three seasons. The Coyotes have won by margins of 1-0 in 2014, 2-0 in 2015 and 2-1 today.

A corner kick in the eighth minute provided the first opportunity for Strang, who netted a header off Courtney Baker’s perfectly placed corner kick.

The Coyotes tallied 20 total shots to Fort Wayne’s five during the match. Fort Wayne goalkeeper Haley Lydon nabbed eight saves and defender Lauren Lawrence deflected another USD shot-on-goal for nine Mastodon saves.

The game-winner would ultimately come down a penalty kick Strang forced when a Fort Wayne defender tripped her up in the box. Strang fired the ball to the bottom left corner of the net for her fifth career made penalty kick. Strang ties Taryn Ketter (USD 2003-06) for the school record with five made penalty kicks. She also moved into sixth all-time with 21 career goals and fifth for career points with 54.

Fort Wayne forward Katrina Sutherly placed a free kick from 20 yards out just under the cross bar for her first goal of the season to put the Mastodons on the board.

Strang and freshman striker Taryn LaBree each took six shots during the match to lead the Coyotes. Strang had four on-goal with two into the back of the net. LaBree would place three on-target.

South Dakota was eliminated from the four-team Summit League Tournament run with a Denver win on Friday night. The Coyotes will finish fifth in the final Summit League standings.