USF Wins Senior Night Contest Over Minot State
The third time proved to be the charm for the USF women's soccer team on Friday night, as they defeated Minot State for the first time in three meetings this season. Junior Brooke Jurgens (Sioux Falls/Roosevelt) scored a goal in each half and a dominating offensive effort in the second period allowed the Cougars to keep the Beavers corralled in a 4-1 home victory.
The Cougars improve to 6-10-1 overall while the Beavers drop to 9-8. "I think we realized from our first two games against Minot that we could win, but we had to put some more goals in the back of the net," said USF head coach Mekonnen Afa. "I'm glad that we were able to finish effectively and have a big win on Senior Night."
Both teams had to compensate for the cold and gusty cross wind that caused airborne balls to carry extended distances.
Minot State freshman Zoe Fisher, who netted both goals in the Beavers' 2-1 home win against USF on Halloween night, put Minot ahead in the 13th minute on a low ball that the wind carried away from USF keeper Kelsey Van Peursem. The strike was Fisher's 11th goal of the season.
The Cougars equalized in the 31st minute when freshman defender Kerry Grogan (Sioux Falls/O'Gorman) brought the ball up the left side of the field and connected on a pass to Brooke Jurgens, who lofted a ball from just inside the box over Minot goalkeeper Ashley Barcewski.
On the other side of the halftime break, Grogan was in the right place at the right time (58:49) for the Cougars and received credit for a Minot own goal that darted away from a diving Barcewski to give USF a 2-1 lead.
The Cougars continued to push forward and stretched their lead to 3-1 on a fantastic individual play from Jurgens. Jurgens created space for herself and launched a bending ball from 20 yards out that landed in the lower left corner for her second tally of the match.
The Cougars tallied once more at the 71:21 mark, when Tasia Murray tracked down a ball that was being ping-ponged in front of the Minot net and punched it home for her seventh goal of the season. Murray now has 28 career goals and is one shy of tying USF's career goal record (Amy Svoboda, 29).
Van Peursem and Samantha Maybon (Omaha, Neb.) split the time between the pipes for the Cougars. Peursem tallied five saves while Maybon recorded three stops.
The Cougars held a 19-10 edge in shots taken and grabbed a slim 6-4 margin in corner kicks.
"It was a great night for the seniors," Afa added. "The senior class has always been competitive and they showed tonight in terms of just continuing to compete and play hard. I'm very proud of them."
USF honored its six seniors- Jourdan Aanenson, Genevieve Gregory, Tasia Murray, Ashley Oswald, Sarah Stoebner and Kelsey Van Peursem prior to Friday's kick-off. The senior class has accumulated an overall record of 29-38-6 with one game remaining.
The Cougars will wrap up the 2011 season on Sunday with a home match against the University of Winnipeg. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.