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Soccer returns home atop the conference...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/14/2011 14:36:02

Kick Cancer Game^
Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

South Dakota State University (8-5-1; 4-0-0 SL) vs. Oakland (4-9-0; 2-1-0 SL)

Summit League Standings: SDSU, tied for first; Oakland, fourth

Fishback Soccer Park (Brookings, S.D.)

6 p.m. CT

Series: Oakland leads 3-2-0


Youth Clinic Day^

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

South Dakota State University (8-5-1; 4-0-0 SL)* vs. IPFW (4-7-0; 1-2-0 SL)*

Summit League Standings: SDSU, tied for first; IPFW, sixth

Fishback Soccer Park (Brookings, S.D.)

1 p.m. CT

Series: SDSU leads 4-1-0

*Records do not include Friday's games (IPFW visited North Dakota State)

^Information regarding the events can be found in the release below


The South Dakota State women's soccer team returns home for a pair of conference games this weekend against Oakland and IPFW on Friday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 16, respectively. Game times are set for 6 p.m. CT on Friday and 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.


SDSU enters the game with an 8-5-1 overall record, 4-0-0 in The Summit League. The Jackrabbits are currently tied for first in the league standings.


The Jacks have put together a four-game winning streak, which began with the first conference game. SDSU beat Western Illinois and IUPUI last weekend, both by 1-0 decisions.


Senior Kayla Braffet leads the offensive attack for the Jacks with four goals, three assists, 48 shots and 24 shots on goal. Senior Kelsey Ferguson is either tied for the lead or second in all categories with four goals, two assists, 38 shots and 13 shots on goal. Junior Christa Nyblom is third with three goals, 21 shots and 11 shots on goal. Senior Danielle Neuhalfen, junior Megan Huegli and sophomore Darci Miller have two assists apiece.


Senior Kelli Herman and Steph Peterson, juniors Courtney Higgins, Huegli and Stéphanie Bérubé and sophomores Caylee Costello and Miller have played key roles on the defensive side of the ball this season. The things these players have done do not always show up in the statistics, but are vital to the team’s success.


Senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan continued her stellar play this past weekend with four saves at WIU and five saves at IUPUI, both 1-0 shutout victories. The performances give her eight wins, seven shutouts and 52 saves this season.


Head coach Lang Wedemeyer leads the Jackrabbits in his twelfth season. Wedemeyer compiled a 100-82-24 record is his first 11 seasons.



– The Jackrabbits face the Golden Grizzlies for the sixth time in school history. Oakland holds a 3-2-0 series lead over SDSU and has won the last three regular season games against the Jacks.


The two teams do not have a common opponent this season, as Oakland is further east than the Jacks travel during non-conference play and have opposite conference opponents thus far.


Last season, Oakland topped SDSU in Rochester, Mich., 2-1.


The Jacks got on the board first, scoring the fastest goal in school history eighteen seconds into the game.


The Golden Grizzlies responded, scoring twice in a two and one-half minute span late in the first half. One of the two goals was scored on a penalty kick.


The last SDSU win against Oakland came in The Summit League Championship in 2008. Braffet recorded an assist in the 1-0 victory over the Golden Grizzlies. The Jacks were the No. 2 seed and Oakland was the No. 1 seed.


Last weekend, Oakland split with a win against South Dakota (4-0) and a loss against UMKC (2-0). It was the first regular season loss for the Golden Grizzlies since 2009.


The split weekend made Oakland 2-1-0 in the conference and 4-9-0 overall.


Oakland is currently fourth place in The Summit League standings.


Kick Cancer Game

Friday is also the Kick Cancer Game at Fishback Soccer Park. SDSU will raise awareness for breast cancer with its first annual Kick Cancer Game. The Jacks will wear pink jerseys and pink SDSU soccer t-shirts will be available for $15 prior to the game.


Also, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to spread hope. Pink, helium balloons and markers will be distributed to the crowd, so fans can write messages of hope on the balloons. Then, at a designated time, the fans will be instructed to release the helium-filled balloons into the sky signifying hope.


Wear pink or purchase a pink SDSU soccer t-shirt to support the Jacks and kick cancer!


IPFW – The Jackrabbits face the Mastodons for the sixth time in school history. SDSU holds a 4-1-0 series lead over IPFW, but have split the past two games.


As was the case with Oakland, the two teams have no common opponents from the non-conference portion of the schedule, due in large part to geographical location. The two teams have not played a common conference opponent, either.


Friday’s game against Oakland may be telling, however, as the Golden Grizzlies beat the Mastodons 1-0 in each team’s conference two weeks ago.


Last season, the Jacks beat IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind., 1-0 (ot).


The Jacks needed an extra 37 seconds to score the game-winning goal on a Nyblom header. Ferguson was credited with the assist.


SDSU dominated the game statistically, outshooting IPFW 19-9, including a 9-2 shots on goal advantage. The Jacks also took seven corner kicks to the Mastodons’ seven.


Last weekend, IPFW split with a loss against UMKC (2-1) and a win against South Dakota (2-0).


The split weekend made IPFW 1-2-0 in the conference and 4-7-0 overall.


IPFW is currently sixth place in The Summit League standings.


Youth Clinic Day

Sunday also serves as Youth Clinic Day at Fishback Soccer Park. SDSU will conduct a free youth soccer clinic for youths (K-8) at Fishback Soccer park prior to the game from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Each clinic participant will receive an autographed Jacks soccer poster. Online registration is available on the SDSU athletics website.


The South Dakota State women's soccer team continued to have great success in conference play, beating IUPUI 1-0 on Sunday afternoon…


The Jackrabbits scored 19 minutes into the first half and made it hold up.


Junior Christa Nyblom took a corner kick for the Jacks and placed it into the box. It deflected off of the IUPUI goalkeeper and into the side of the net.


The goal was Nyblom's third of the season, good for third on the team.


The Jacks led 1-0 at halftime.


IUPUI outshot SDSU 6-3 in the first half, including a 4-3 shots on goal advantage. SDSU took two corner kicks, one of which proved very significant. The Jaguars did not take a first-half corner kick.


IUPUI's coach (bench) received a red card at the end of the first half, as well, but the team did not lose a player due to ejection.


The second half proved rather uneventful for both teams.


SDSU took control statistically in the second half, outshooting IUPUI 5-2, including a 3-1 shots on goal advantage. The Jaguars took five second-half corner kicks to the Jack's two, but none of them proved as important as the first-half corner kick by Nyblom.


Senior Kayla Braffet led the offensive attack for the Jacks with three shots, all of which were on goal. Nyblom only took one shot, but she made it count.


Senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan made five saves en route to her seventh shutout in eight wins.


"It was a very scrappy, intense game," head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "It was not a very pretty game, but we persevered to get a tough result on the road."


The Jacks improved to 8-5-1, but more importantly, 4-0-0 in The Summit League.


IUPUI fell to 1-9-4 and 0-3-1 in The Summit League.


Western Illinois – The South Dakota State women’s soccer team won its third straight game on Friday, topping Western Illinois, 1-0…


It took until midway through the second half, but the Jackrabbits found the game-winning goal off the foot of senior Kelsey Ferguson in the 79th minute.


Ferguson rebounded a shot by senior Kayla Braffet and was able to sneak it past the goalkeeper, giving SDSU the 1-0 lead.


The goal was the third for Ferguson this season and ties her for the most goals on the team.


Thanks to solid defense and another great game by senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan, the one goal held up and the Jacks escaped with a victory.


Donovan, fresh off being named Summit League Defensive Player of the Week, made four saves.


Ferguson led the offensive attack for SDSU with eight shots, two shots on goal and the lone goal. Braffet took three shots, two of which were on goal, and senior Cori Bonte took four shots with one on goal.


SDSU outshot WIU 21-9 in the game, including an 8-4 shots on goal advantage. That was a far cry from the first half in which the Leathernecks outshot the Jacks 8-4.


"We played a tough game today," head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "Similar to many of our games this season, we created a lot of chances to score and kept the pressure on until we got the goal we needed."


The first half was rather quiet, as neither team was able to score.


WIU outshot SDSU 8-4, but shots on goal were even at 3-3. The Leathernecks took four corner kicks to the Jacks’ two. Fouls were even at seven apiece.


Ferguson led the offensive attack in the first half with two shots and one shot on goal. Braffet and Bonte each took one shot, both of which were on goal.


The second half was a different story entirely, as the Jackrabbits outshot WIU 17-1, including a 5-1 shots on goal advantage.


The game was rather rough, as the Leathernecks committed 17 fouls and SDSU committed 11. Three WIU players received yellow cards.


South Dakota State improved to 7-5-1 (3-0-0 conf.).


Western Illinois fell to 6-6-0 (0-3-0 conf.).


NEXT UP – SDSU makes its final weekend road trip of the regular season, visiting South Dakota on Friday, Oct. 21, and UMKC on Sunday, Oct. 23. Game times are set for 4 p.m. in Vermillion, S.D., and 1 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo.


The Jacks face USD for the first time since 2003, when both schools were members of the Division II North Central Conference. The two schools were scheduled to play last season, but the game was canceled. The Coyotes lead the all-time series 4-0-0.


SDSU faces UMKC for the third time in school history. The Jacks have won both games against the Kangaroos in convincing fashion, 3-0 (2010) and 5-0 (2009).


THE SUMMIT LEAGUE – This weekend provides an alternate schedule to the Friday/Sunday games that have been common thus far.


Two conference games will be played on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Southern Utah hosts Western Illinois in Cedar City, Utah, at 4 p.m.

Oral Roberts hosts IUPUI in Tulsa, Okla., at 7 p.m.


Two games will be played on Friday, as well.

In addition to SDSU vs. Oakland, North Dakota State hosts IPFW in Fargo, N.D., at 4 p.m.


Saturday has a three-game schedule.

ORU hosts WIU at 1 p.m.

SUU hosts IUPUI at 2 p.m.

UMKC hosts South Dakota in Kansas City, Mo., at 7 p.m.


Two games close out the weekend schedule on Sunday.

NDSU hosts Oakland at Noon, before the Jacks and IPFW close out the weekend.

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