GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KWSN)—South Dakota soccer fought back from an early two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 tie against North Dakota Friday afternoon at Bronson Field. It is the third straight year the Coyotes and UND have played to a tie.
North Dakota (1-7-1) scored two goals in a span of 35 seconds 10 minutes into the match. It marked the second-fastest margin between two goals in UND history.
Robyn Wujkowski received a pass from Caitlin Dahl and chipped a shot over USD goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor to score her second goal of the season. After the restart, UND hit the right post with the shot and Andrea Hyduke was there for the rebound and the score.
“They (UND) came out hard and strong,” said USD head coach Mandy Green. “After that happened, we settled down, started passing the ball along and generated a lot of scoring opportunities.”
The Coyotes (4-2-3) took 19 shots and placed eight on goal. Ten of those shots came in the second half.
USD sophomore Elena Tsakakis cut the lead in half with a goal in the 34th minute. Tsakakis was on the end of a string of passes that set up the score. After Taylor Nivala worked it to Tsakakis, she took a couple dribbles towards the goal and hit a shot past UND goalkeeper Kristi Hestdalen.
The score remained 2-1 until sophomore Danielle Anderson netted the equalizer less than five minutes into the second half. Junior Colleen Reeves made a throw in to sophomore Rebecca Sparkman, who redirected it with her head to Anderson, who finished the play. It was her team-leading fourth goal this season.
“We fought and worked our way back after those two early goals,” said Green. “I was pleased with how our passing got a lot of players involved in the offense, which is what we worked on in practice this week.”
South Dakota out-shot North Dakota 13-7 in the second half and overtimes, but the Coyotes just missed on a couple of shots and couldn’t get the go-ahead score. The team returns to Vermillion and will take on Northern Iowa at noon Sunday at the USD Soccer Complex.
Courtesy of University of South Dakota