VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota freshman forward Jamie Karch scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season early and the Coyotes (5-2-3) tacked on two more goals late to send Northern Iowa to its seventh straight defeat Sunday afternoon at USD Soccer Complex.
USD goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor earned her third shutout of the season in a 3-0 victory.
Karch's goal was set up by a pass from Rebecca Sparkman, who earned her third assist of the season. Panther goalkeeper Nicole Postel came out to challenge the play, but Karch played a shot to the left of Postel and into the back of the net. Denver's Kristen Hamilton, who has six goals, is the only Summit League player with more goals than Karch this season.
UNI (1-9-0) had its best opportunity to tie the game just before halftime. Amber Nieland had a good look on a free kick from just outside the box, but Viktor was able to get two hands on it and made the save. It was one of three shots the Panthers were able to muster on goal all game.
UNI was whistled for 14 fouls Sunday and one occurred inside the box in the 76th minute. Junior midfielder Kaiti Porter stepped up to take her first collegiate penalty kick and drilled it for her first collegiate goal and a 2-0 USD lead.
USD freshman Corey Strang made it 3-0 in the 85th minute and became the ninth Coyote to record a goal this season. This one, though, was all about the setup as Shannon Keller brought the ball up the middle, made a pass to Danielle Anderson who played over the defense to a wide open Strang who tapped it in. Anderson also has three assists this season.
South Dakota hosts Drake at 4 p.m. Thursday before beginning Summit League play Oct. 4 at Omaha.