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VERMILLION, S.D. — For only the second time in school history, Northern Iowa has started its women’s soccer season 3-0 following a 2-0 victory over South Dakota Sunday.

The last time the Panthers started 3-0 came in 2003, and the win over the Coyotes snapped a three-game losing streak to USD. USD had beaten UNI, 4-0, a year ago.

“Sunday games are always a battle and we stepped up and dictated play for large chunks of the game,” UNI head coach Bruce Erickson said.

UNI took control early when senior Sarah Brandt scored at the 10 minute and 50 second mark for her 11th career goal. Brynell Yount assisted on the taly.

Then with just seven minutes to play, Yount pounced on rebound off the foot of Brandt to score her third goal in as many games.

“Two good goals and a team effort to win on the road,” Erickson said.

Panther goalkeeper Jami Reichenberger recorded three saves for her third shutout. The zero goals allowed through three games is a UNI program low.

UNI opens its home slate on Friday at the Cedar Valley Soccer Complex with a 7 p.m. tilt against North Dakota State.


Sports Reporter

Sports reporter for The Courier

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