Coyotes Top Northern Colorado On The Pitch
USD Soccer Wins 2-1
VERMILLION, S.D. – Sophomore Abby Ostrem scored the game-winning goal for the South Dakota women’s soccer team as the Coyotes topped Northern Colorado 2-1 Sunday afternoon at First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex.
The win is the second straight for the Coyotes, who are also unbeaten in their last four games with a 2-1-2 overall record. Northern Colorado falls to 2-3 on the season.
Ostrem, a defender, received a pass from Alexis Mitchell on an overlap on the left side of the field and fired a 25-yard shot into the upper-right corner of the goal. She was able to bend the ball into the net at the last moment. The first goal of her career proved to be the game-winner as the Coyotes withstood one last Bear attack in the closing minutes.
South Dakota took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute as freshman Tiannah Moore connected on her second goal of the season. Junior Kellee Willer carried the ball up the left side of the field before dumping a pass to Moore near the top of the penalty box. Moore then one-touched the ball into the left corner of the net.
Despite being outshot 6-2 in the first half, the Coyotes carried the 1-0 lead into halftime.
Northern Colorado hit the equalizer in the 63rd minute as Taylor Bray sent a pass to Mariel Gutierrez at the top of the box where she was able to send her shot into the back of the net.
That set up the heroics for Ostrem just over 20 minutes later giving the Coyotes their first victory over Northern Colorado in five tries.
South Dakota goalkeeper Parker Rytz, the Summit League’s reigning defensive player of the week, totaled seven saves and lowered her goals against average to 1.10 for the season. Taylor Washington tallied one save in net for the Bears.
The Coyotes travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to face Creighton on Friday before returning home on Sunday, Sept. 9, to host Green Bay. Friday’s contest is slated for a 4:30 p.m. start with Sunday’s match kicking off at 1 p.m.
-Recap Courtesy USD Athletics