Cougars’ Comeback Bid Falls Short
SIOUX FALLS, SD -- After trailing 3-1 in the second half, Sioux Falls' Mikenna Greathouse recorded her second goal of the day to make Sunday's conference matchup with the University of Minnesota-Crookston a one-point game with just 14 minutes on the clock. The Cougars had their chances, but simply ran out of time, as UMC picked up a 3-2 win in Sioux Falls.
The loss was USF's second tough loss in two days.
UMC improved to 1-8-1 (1-5-1, NSIC) and USF dropped to 0-10-0 (0-7-0) on the year.
USF's early pressure on the Golden Eagles led to the game's first goal. In the 13th minute, Sidney Allen found a streaking Greathouse for a one-on-one with UMC's keeper. She came out on top, giving USF an early 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later UMC took advantage of a breakdown in USF's defense. Rachel Halligan beat USF's goalkeeper to a loose ball and lobbed it over her head to knot things up at 1-1.
The teams went into the break tied 1-1.
The Cougars, who held a 4-1 first half advantage over the Golden Eagles in shots on target, would also outchance the visiting team 5-1 in the second half. However, the shots UMC applied seemed to end in their favor.
Near the 58 minute mark, Halligan struck again, this time using her head. Megan Flynn found Halligan on a well-executed corner kick, giving UMC their first lead of the contest at 2-1.
Eight minutes later, Flynn lined up for another corner kick, which ended in similar fashion. This time Amanda Crook was on the receiving end. Crook sent in a loose corner kick to give the Golden Eagles a 3-1 advantage with 24 minutes to play.
USF didn't give up and would answer in the 75th minute, when Greathouse demonstrated her scoring ability, firing a rocket past UMC's goalkeeper for her second goal of the game. Allen was credited with the assist.
The Cougars turned up the heat, recording three more attempts in the final minutes, including two that were on target, but it was too late.
USF finished with an advantage over UMC in nearly every statistical category. They outshot the Golden Eagles 19-9 and setup for six corner kicks in comparison to five by the visiting team.
Maria Gonzalez lead USF with five shots and three in which she place on target. Greathouse finished with two goals on three shots and her third score in two games.
Samantha Maybon recorded two saves in her second start in net for the Cougars.
USF heads to Fayette, Iowa Saturday, October 6 to take on Upper Iowa University.
Courtesy: University of Sioux Falls