Women's Soccer Opens NSIC Slate at SMSU
The University of Sioux women's soccer team (0-2) opens conference play on the road with a highly anticipated matchup against Southwest Minnesota State (2-0). The Cougars square off at SMSU at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 before returning home for a non-conference tilt versus Truman State (1-1) on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The Cougars come into conference play on the heels of a heartbreaking loss to Nebraska-Kearney on Sept. 2. USF came back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the game but fell short in a 3-2 home defeat to the Lopers. The Cougars’ nemesis was the corner kick, as the Lopers scored two goals, including the game-winner, on two set pieces from the corner spot.
USF enters its first season of NSIC play having registered 10 shots on the season and just one corner kick through its first two matches. Individually, keeper Corrin Cook averages 3.50 saves per game along with a .583 save percentage and sophomore Desiree Parmenter leads the squad with a 1.000 shots on goal percentage. Melissa Daugherty has seen the most action on the pitch; the junior defender has played 179 of 180 minutes.
The match will be streamed live on New MediaTV.
2012 marks the 17th season of varsity women’s soccer at the University of Sioux Falls.
USF holds a 5-2 all-time edge over the Mustangs.
The Cougars defeated SMSU in Marshall last year by a score of 2-0. The game was scoreless until late in the second half, when tallies by Desiree Parmenter and Tasia Murray gave the Cougars their third clean sheet of the season.
SMSU has not defeated USF in eight years. The Mustangs last win over the Cougars was in 2004 (6-0) and they also shut-out USF 5-0 during the 1999 campaign.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS
The Mustangs have started the season 2-0 for the first time in program history (1996).
SMSU knocked off Nebraska-Kearney in their opener by a 3-0 margin---the Mustangs’ first season-opening win since 2002 (Dordt). The Mustangs followed that with a 3-1 non-conference win over St. Cloud State on Monday.
The SMSU roster features 16 true freshmen; 12 of whom have already logged playing time already this season.
Youth has served the Mustangs well in their first two contests. Freshmen accounted for all three goals in the UNK match; rookie forward Miranda Cadena netted two goals, while classmate Kylee Nolan tallied the third score. Sophomore Kayla Williams scored two goals in the 3-1 victory over the Huskies.
The trio has fired ten shots through SMSU's run of non-conference play.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sonya Smith has been nearly perfect in between the pipes and earlier this week earned Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors. In two starts, Smith has a .929 save percentage and 13 saves, while allowing only one goal.