SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University earned its first victory of the women’s soccer program by edging Adams State 1-0 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play Sunday at Ronnie Theisz Field. It marked the Yellow Jackets’ first conference win in regulation time.
“It was just about staying in the game, working to defend, and we’ll get our opportunities,” Black Hills State head coach Mike Greco said. “Luckily, it went our way.”
Black Hills State collected five shots during the first half. Mikayla Hernandez accounted for two; Rose Miller, Marissa Dowlin, and Haylie Scruggs added one apiece. Goalkeeper Dz-Rae Jara made four saves.
Katie Nielson received the ball during the second half. She dribbled in from the right side and chipped the ball past Adams State goalkeeper Corri Zaiger with 6 minutes 54 seconds left to give Black Hills State a 1-0 lead it would not relinquish.
“I honestly didn’t see much until the defender slid and I got around her,” Nielson said. “Then I just saw the goalie come out.”
Nielson said she tried to pass the ball to the corners and near post. “I tried to do that as best as possible, and I guess it worked,” she added.
Adams State finished with a 12-11 shots advantage. Hernandez (three shots) and Nielson (two) led the way. Madison Kandler, Caitlin Kelly, Katie Jones, Miller, Dowlin, and Scruggs each added one. Jara finished with seven saves.
“In the second half, we played with a lot more confidence,” Greco said. “It was still a battle both ways.”
Black Hills State earned a 0-0 overtime tie with Fort Lewis on Friday. Greco said that factored a lot into the Adams State game.
“Last year, I talked about we’re building roots; you don’t see it,” Greco said. “I think this year, there are some fruits starting to form.”
Nielson said Sunday’s win means a lot to Miller and her as seniors. She added past team members cheered the team on Sunday, and this meant a lot to them as well.
“This is the first weekend we’ve come out with no defeats at all,” Nielson said. “We can see the program turning around, and we’re really excited for the season to come.”
Black Hills State (one win, zero losses, one tie in the conference, 1-4-1 overall) will visit Westminster on Friday and Dixie State on Sunday.
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