The Black Hills State women's soccer team got off to a good start against the University of Mary Sunday, but was unable to sustain its pace in Billings as it fell to the Marauders 3-1.

Although Mary outshot BHSU 9-1 in the first 20 minutes of the game, it was the Yellow Jackets who found the back of the net first. Katie Nielson scored in the 24th minute to give BHSU the early edge.

It wouldn't take long for Mary to bounce back. Caylin Cathey scored on a header that was floated in by Tiffany Ohlhauser in the 29th minute.

Mary would take the lead by the end of the half, as Emma Davies scored in the 42nd minute.

The Marauders would close the game with a goal from Megan Lowery on an assist from Jade Smith in the 62nd minute. Mary outshot BHSU 28-2 in the game.

The Yellow Jackets fell to 0-5 on the season and will take on Western State to open its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule, Friday in Gunnison at 3 p.m.

Stevens girls' tennis splits Sioux Falls matches Saturday

The Rapid City Stevens girls' tennis team went 1-1 Saturday and 4-1 on a trip to Harrisburg and Sioux Falls to move its record to 12-1 on the season.

The Raiders started the day by defeating Sioux Falls O'Gorman 7-2 who was playing without its No. 1 player, Danielle Sebata who is out with an injury.

The Raiders finished the East River trip losing to No. 1 Sioux Falls Lincoln 8-1 with Katie Conrad getting the lone win for the Raiders. 

The Raiders are next in action Tuesday at Parkview against Rapid City Central starting at 4 p.m.

Chadron, Mines finish 1-2 at XC invitational

Chadron State was able to take both the men's and women's team titles at its home cross country invitational Saturday, with South Dakota School of Mines finishing second in both.

The Chadron State men took eight of the top 10 spots, with Alejandro Garcia winning the title in 26 minutes 13 seconds running unattached on the 10 kilometer course. Eagles Phil Duncan, Riley Howard, Eric Yager and Sheldon Curley took positions 2-5 before Jacob Huber finished sixth from Mines.

The Eagles scored 16 points on the men's side while Mines registered 50 and Central Wyoming finished third with 74 points

On the women's side, Alyse Henry from Chadron finished first in the 5K race in 19:04 while Nicky Banzhaf from CSC finished second.

Adeline Straatmeyer from Mines took fourth while Ryley Sutton from Mines finished fifth.

CSC scored 21 points, Mines had 50 and Central Wyoming took third with 85.

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The Eagles and Hardrockers will go to Minneapolis next for the Roy Griak Invitational Sept. 23 at the University of Minnesota.

Mines volleyball splits doubleheader in Aberdeen

South Dakota School of Mines volleyball earned its first win of the season Saturday against Minot State, sweeping the Lady Beavers 25-21, 25-22 and 25-23 at the Northern State Dactoah Bank Volleyball Classic in Aberdeen.

Before taking down Minot State, however, the Hardrockers fell to Minnesota State-Mankato 3-1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 25-18).

In the first match Mikkella Reese led the Hardrockers with 19 kills while Caryn Hazard added 10. 

In the second match which Mines was able to come out on the right side of, Hazard led the team with 13 kills while Reese added 12. Anna Bredit had 10.

"Going into this weekend, we knew we had to clean up our offense in order to be able to compete with teams," coach Jenni Bolduc said in a statement from the athletic department. "The first weekend we had three matches where we hit less than .100 as a team - and there's just no way that's going to cut it if we want to win this season.

We hit .327 as a team against Minot and only had 9 percent unforced error compared to 16 percent over the first four matches we played this fall. It's encouraging to see us play the whole game like that."

Mines is now 1-7 on the season going into Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. The Hardrockers open their conference season on the road against Adams State Friday and Fort Lewis Saturday.

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