MINOT, ND -- The University of Sioux Falls struggled to overcome Minot State's aggressive offensive attack which resulted in a 2-0 loss Saturday morning in Minot, N.D.

USF drop to 0-2 in NSIC play and 0-5 on the season. Minot's record improves to 1-1 in conference play and 3-1-1 on the year.

It was all Minot in the first period, where they held a staggering 24-1shot margin.

The home team opened the game's scoring in the 23rd minute, when Zoe Fischer's corner kick found Jamie Council for a header and an early one point advantage.

Minot continued to apply pressure on USF's defense and 14 minutes later, they struck again. This time on a penalty kick. Emilie Rebelo's goal gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead at intermission.

USF created more chances in the second half, but would not find the net as the Beavers held on to a two score margin for their first conference win of the year.

The most telling statistic was the sizeable difference in shots. Minot outshot USF 34-4 today.

With the number of attempts taken by Minot, two goals was a testament to Samantha Maybon's play in net for the Cougars. She tallied a career-high 15 saves, including 10 in the first half alone.

Jamie Kuta was also bright spot in USF's lineup. She accounted for two USF shots, one of which was on goal. Emily Johnson and Danielle Dement each added a shot for the Cougars.

USF looks to bounce back Sunday, when they face the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Courtesy:  University of Sioux Falls