Vermillion, S.D. - Behind strong play from freshmen Alyssa Jara and Alissa Kohmetscher, the Creighton women's soccer team picked up its first victory of 2012. Downing South Dakota, 3-1, on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
The victory moved the Jays to 1-2-1 on the season, while the Coyotes fell to 0-3-1.
The Coyotes scratched the scoreboard first in the 24th minute as senior Erin Bello headed in a free kick from Danielle Anderson to take a 1-0 lead.
The Jays rose to the challenge, scoring three unanswered goals to erase an early deficit and claim their first victory of the season.
Kohmetscher teamed with senior Brittney Neumann to pull the Bluejays even in the 41st minute. Neumann sent a crossing pass to the left side of the box that deflected off a Coyote defender and went straight to Kohmetscher, who drilled her first goal of the season.
With Kohmetscher's goal, the Jays seized the momentum as the two teams headed into the break.
Jara stepped up big in the second half as she gave Creighton the lead in the 63rd minute by beating a USD defender near the left side of the box and bending a shot into the top, right-hand corner of the goal. It was Jara's first goal of the season and marked the first time in 2012 that the Jays had scored multiple goals in a contest.
Down the stretch Jara and senior Sarah Kendall put the game away for Creighton as Jara headed a goal kick by South Dakota's Abby Lindsey to Kendall. She promptly fired a shot past Lindsey for her second goal of the season and second in the last two matches.
Senior keeper Katie Jo Swanson tallied five saves in the win, while Lindsey nabbed four saves for the Coyotes.
The Jays outshot the Coyotes, 15-11, including a 10-7 edge in the second half.
"It was good to scored a couple of goals and get the win," said Creighton head coach Bruce Erickson. "We played good attacking soccer and created several scoring chances despite windy conditions that weren't conducive to quality soccer."
Creighton returns to action on Friday, Aug. 31 as the Jays travel to Lawrence, Kan. to face the Kansas Jayhawks at 5 p.m.