VERMILLION, S.D.(KWSN)—Drake junior forward Ashlie Stokes scored the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime as the Bulldogs beat the South Dakota Coyotes 3-2 Thursday at USD Soccer Complex. It was a final tune-up for both teams before entering play in their respective conferences.
Stokes gave Drake (2-6-2) its third lead of the day after teammate Paige Dusek led a break out up field following a USD corner kick. Dusek dribbled up the left side and delivered a cross-field strike through traffic to the feet of Stokes, who fired from the top-right side of the box and into the bottom-left corner of the net. It was Stokes’ third goal this season.
Drake led 1-0 after three minutes, only to see the Coyotes answer seven minutes later. The Bulldogs scored again early in the second half, but that lead lasted less than five minutes. None of the first four goals were terribly offensive.
Bulldog midfielder Brittany Schuling took a seemingly harmless free kick near midfield just before the three-minute mark. The ball landed cleanly in the box and hopped right over USD goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor and into the net.
Freshman Jamie Karch answered for the Coyotes (5-3-3). Kylee Willer played a pass to Karch who dribbled to the right side of the box. She had a tight angle on her shot and it appeared that Drake’s Andrea Swanson had made the save, but the shot slipped out from under Swanson and across the line. It was Karch’s team leading sixth goal this season.
Rebecca Rodgers was in the right place at the right time for Drake’s second goal, but it was the result of a hustle play by Dusek. The Coyote defense played a ball back to Viktor who tried to clear it, but her kick caromed off the chest of Dusek and towards the USD goal. Rodgers ran it down and tapped it in for her third goal of the year.
Elena Tsakakis’ third goal of the year made it 2-2 in the 56th minute. Lauren Bennett began the play with a long kick into the box. A Drake defender received it and tried to clear it, but instead made a pass to Tsakakis who drilled a shot from the right side.
The Coyotes had seven corner kicks in the second half and nine in all, but couldn’t convert a go-ahead score. Drake put 10 of its 13 shots on goal. The Coyotes had 12 shots, five on goal.
Seven Summit League games remain on South Dakota’s schedule. The first three will take place outside of Vermillion starting with Omaha next Friday (Oct. 4). Drake starts Missouri Valley play Sunday (Sept. 29) at Evansville.
Courtesy of University of South Dakota