Howard University’s football team wasn’t able to win its first game of the season, falling to Holy Cross, 38-7, at Fitton Stadium in Worcester, Mass. But that didn’t stop Howard’s other football team from recording its first victory of the season.

The Lady Bison soccer team advanced to a 1-3 record after beating Youngstown State, 1-0, in overtime Sept. 3 in Youngstown, Ohio. Howard had lost its first three games to Temple, George Mason and Wagner State.

“We stayed disciplined in the things that we like to do,” said second-year head coach Brent Leiba.  “We came out in this match much more focused than we did in the previous match against Wagner. It was a collective effort.”

Howard’s Retha Koefoed scored on a penalty kick in overtime to give her team the victory. The sophomore from Bethesda, Md., was named West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her game-winning score. Howard’s Cheyra Bell was also recognized by the West Conference, earning Defensive Player of the Week honors. The senior from California, who just moved to the goalkeeper position after playing three years as a forward, collected five saves and the first shutout of her career.

Howard will return to action on Sept. 13 to host VMI at Greene Stadium.