SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota junior midfield Alexis Mitchell has been named a player to watch by Summit League coaches the league announced Monday.


Mitchell, hailing from Lee's Summit, Missouri, started all 18 games a season ago in the midfield. She totaled five points on three assists and a goal scored while placing 75 percent of her shots on goal.


She scored her first-career goal on a penalty kick in the Coyotes' 3-1 win over Oral Roberts.


While excelling on the pitch, she is also an outstanding student having earned a spot on the Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence and is a two-time member of the Summit League honor roll while majoring in mathematics.


The Coyotes open their season with a pair of home games, first a 4 p.m. contest on Friday, Aug. 23, against Idaho State. On Sunday, August 25, USD hosts Utah State at First Bank & Trust Soccer Complex.


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