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Jacks visit Creighton...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 09/18/2012 10:04:21


Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

South Dakota State (2-5-1) at Creighton (2-5-2)

Omaha, Neb. (Morrison Stadium)

6 p.m. (Time local to event location)

Series: CU leads 7-0-1

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota State women's soccer team closes out its difficult non-conference schedule on Wednesday at Creighton.


The Jacks enter Wednesday's game with a 2-5-1 overall record.


SDSU plays its second-to-last stand-alone game of the season after splitting decisions over the weekend. The Jacks were edged by Iowa State 2-1, but rebounded in blowout fashion with a 4-0 win over Northern Iowa.


Darci Miller leads the Jackrabbit attack with three goals on nine shots for six points. Miller scored the game-winning goal in the SDSU regular season opener at Green Bay.


Tied-for-second with four points are Diana Potterveld, Christa Nyblom and Stacy Guijarro. Potterveld scored two goals on a team-high 17 shots. Nyblom scored one goal and assisted on one more this weekend, adding to her assist to Guijarro at North Dakota. Guijarro scored two goals on 10 shots, including a single-game season-high six shots on goal at UND.


Elisa Stamatakis recorded 33 saves, three shutouts and two wins through eight games.


Head coach Lang Wedemeyer leads the Jackrabbits in his 13th season. Wedemeyer compiled a 112-88-26 record in his first 12 seasons.



Creighton Bluejays The Jacks face the Bluejays for the ninth time in school history. Despite numerous close matches, Creighton is undefeated against SDSU at 7-0-1.


Last season, SDSU dropped its regular season opener to the Bluejays 1-0 at Fishback.


Creighton punched in a goal midway through the first half, which proved to be enough as the Bluejays held on to beat the Jackrabbits 1-0...

South Dakota State was unable to get its offense going in the first half, failing to place a shot on goal.

Creighton put only three shots on goal in the first half, but made one count. The Bluejays placed a free kick into the middle of the box, which deflected off of multiple defenders before the Creighton forward found the back of the net.

As the weather worsened and a light rain began to fall, the forwards found more opportunities as the ball began slipping past unsuspecting defenders. These opportunities did not lead to success, however.

The Jackrabbits placed seven shots on goal in the second half, many of which came off of the ten second-half corner kicks for SDSU.

Creighton's defense was up to the task, as its goalkeeper saved all seven shots on goal and made the lone first-half goal hold up.

Junior forward Courtney Higgins and senior Kelsey Ferguson led the Jacks with four shots each. Three of Higgins' shots were on goal.

South Dakota State outshot the Bluejays 18-10, an eerily similar performance from last season. However, the outcome this season was not as friendly.

Senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan played all 90 minutes for the Jacks, recording four saves.

Although the team did not score a goal in the home opener, the improvement from the exhibition game with Nebraska was evident.

South Dakota State played Creighton tough on the defensive end, holding the Missouri Valley Conference 2010 Player of the Year at bay. The offense could not generate any steam in the first half and could not find a way past the Bluejay goalkeeper in the second half.


The two teams have one common opponent thus far this season. Creighton dropped its regular season opener versus Iowa State 1-0 (OT) in Omaha, Neb. The Cyclones scored two minutes into overtime after 90 scoreless minutes in swirling wind.


SDSU was edged by Iowa State 2-1 in a second-half thriller last Friday.


Creighton is 2-0-1 versus Summit League opponents in regular season games this season. The Bluejays defeated South Dakota 3-1 in Vermillion and Omaha 4-1 in Omaha, but tied Kansas City 1-1 (2 OT) at Morrison Stadium last week. Creighton also tied North Dakota State 1-1 (No OT) in an exhibition game in Blaine, Minn.



Northern Iowa The South Dakota State women's soccer team blew out Northern Iowa 4-0 on Sunday afternoon...

Alyssa Brazil wasted little time, scoring the first goal in the third minute and the Jacks never looked back. Christa Nyblom controlled the ball in the box after a scramble and crossed to an unmarked Brazil. The goal was the first of her season and career.

It took 24 minutes for SDSU to score its second goal, but it opened the door for three goals in an eight-minute span.

Darci Miller scored her third goal of the season on a shot from well outside the box. Miller controlled it and dribbled forward a few yards before a strong strike.

One and one-half minutes later, Diana Potterveld was open in front of the net for the third goal. Caylee Costello up the field from her defender position crossed the ball in front of the net to an unmarked Potterveld for her second goal of the season.

In the 34th minute, Stacy Guijarro finished the first-half scoring with another strong strike from the top of the box. Guijarro controlled the ball, dribbled and put the shot over the head of the goalkeeper.

SDSU led the first half in shots (8-4), shots on goal (6-2) and corner kicks (5-1). SDSU was whistled for three fouls and one offside, while UNI was whistled for the inverse, one foul and three offside.

Megan Kingston led the Jackrabbit attack with two shots, both on goal. Four players scored goals and two were credited with assists.

Elisa Stamatakis made two saves in the first half, including a brilliant one-on-one save in the 26th minute when the score was 1-0 in favor of SDSU.

The second half was much quieter, as neither team scored.

"It was great to finally finish some of our chances today," head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "I thought we took control of the game from the opening whistle and were very strong in the first half. It is another positive step for our team this season."

SDSU led the game in shots (11-5), shots on goal (7-3) and corner kicks (7-2). SDSU was whistled for nine fouls and four offside, while UNI was whistled for four fouls and five offside.

Miller led the Jackrabbit offense with three shots, one on goal and one goal.

Stamatakis made three saves en route to her third shutout of the season.


Iowa State – The South Dakota State women's soccer team was edged by Iowa State 2-1 in a second-half thriller...

All of the scoring occurred in the second half, as the Jacks came up one goal short.

The first half was rather quiet, as neither team was able to find the net. SDSU led in shots (4-3) and shots on goal (2-0), but trailed the Cyclones in corner kicks (2-0). ISU was whistled for four fouls, while SDSU was whistled for three.

Diana Potterveld and Dani Patterson led the offensive attack with one shot on goal apiece.


Elisa Stamatakis was not forced to make a save in the first half.

After a first-half shutout, ISU switched goalkeepers at intermission.

Only three minutes into the second half, the Cyclones capitalized on a give-and-go between two forwards to beat the defense and score on a one-on-one with the keeper.

The Jacks responded four minutes later on a deep ball from Patterson to Christa Nyblom. Nyblom hit a line drive shot from the top of the box to beat the keeper and even the score at 1-1.


"It was a great play," head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "We talked with Christa about making runs to the ball and she timed her run perfectly. Dani Patterson played a perfect ball to her and she finished."

The two teams traded attacks for the next 22 minutes before ISU took advantage of a corner kick, finishing on a header from close range to take a 2-1 lead.

Despite a couple more threats from the Jackrabbit offense, the Cyclones lead held.

ISU held the advantage in shots (12-11) and corner kicks (6-2), but SDSU led in shots on goal (5-4). ISU was whistled for seven fouls and nine offside, while SDSU was whistled for three fouls and two offside.

The Jackrabbits played five players off of the bench, as 16 total players saw action in the game.

"We have girls who have worked very hard and earned that playing time," said Wedemeyer. "We also have to consider that we have three games in six days, so we have to play more people to stay competitive game in and game out."

Delaney Ratcliffe led the Jacks with three shots, two on goal. Nyblom scored the lone goal on an assist from Patterson.

Stamatakis made two saves on the night.

"We made a step forward in a lot of ways," said Wedemeyer. "We played a very good team and we played them close the entire way and I was happy with that aspect. Where we are falling short a bit is that last play; someone making a play that allows us to get a goal."



The Jacks take one and one-half weeks off from competition. SDSU returns to action in its Summit League opener at North Dakota State on Saturday, Sept. 29. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in Fargo, N.D.

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