Hailey Vandevanter's timing couldn't have been better.
No sooner had she stepped on the field as a first-half substitute than Kansas Wesleyan was awarded a penalty kick.
Vandevanter, still looking for her collegiate goal, stepped to the spot and buried it to break a scoreless tie, and then with time running out in the second half, added another goal for good measure.
That was plenty for the Coyotes, who dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 Kansas Conference soccer victory over Tabor on Wednesday night at the Graves Family Sports Complex.
"I had been given this opportunity before, and this time I just stepped up confidently and made it count," Vandevanter said of the penalty in the 39th minute that cleanly beat the keeper inside the left post. "I think that definitely helped us pick up the momentum, and from there we just kept going strong."
Vandevanter got her chance after Michelle Pena beat one defender along the right end line and chipped toward the front of the goal, where it hit the extended hand of a Tabor defender.
It was the second career penalty opportunity for Vandevanter, a junior midfielder from Corona, Calif., who had one disallowed last year because the clock had not stopped. She missed the re-kick.
Goals were hard to come by, but not scoring chances, for Wesleyan, which improved to 8-2-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the KCAC. The Coyotes had 29 shots to just three for Tabor, and put 10 on frame.
"We have had close to 80 shots the last three games and we should definitely have scored more goals," KWU coach Kat Benton said. "The good thing is we're competing, and in close games when we have needed to score, we have.
"It's just about us staying consistent."
The Coyotes cashed in on a Tabor miscue to double their 1-0 halftime lead in the 49th minute. The Bluejays failed to fully clear Madeline Lopez's left-side corner and Michelle Rodriguez collected it 30 yards from goal, firing it off the crossbar and down behind the line.
It also was the first Wesleyan goal for Rodriguez, a transfer from Moorpark (Calif.) College.
That was plenty for the Coyote defense, which allowed just one shot on frame, an easy save for Daisy Bingham on a direct free kick from 42 yards out. Bingham and Angelica Guerrero, who played the first half in goal, combined for the clean sheet.
"Our back line has been really solid all conference season," Benton said.
Vandevanter got her first goal in the run of play with just six seconds left when Arlie Aguilar crossed the ball from the right end line to the top of the 6-yard box for the finish.
"I just saw her go down there and I went hard to get to the box and she hit me," Vandevanter said. "It's very exciting.
"This was probably one of my best games."
The Coyotes go on the road Sunday for another league game at Avila.