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Jacks close out season at Omaha

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/23/2012 16:39:54


Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

South Dakota State (5-9-2, 3-3-1 SL) at Omaha (3-13, 3-3 SL)

Summit League Standings: SDSU, fifth; Omaha, sixth

UNO Soccer Field (Omaha, Neb.)

3 p.m.

Series: Omaha leads 4-0-1

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BROOKINGS, S.D. - The South Dakota State women's soccer team plays its regular season finale at Omaha on Friday. The Jacks enter Friday's game with a 5-9-2 overall record, 3-3-1 in The Summit League.


SDSU visits Omaha after the best four-game stretch of its season. The Jacks tied IUPUI (1-1, 2 OT) and defeated then league leader Western Illinois (2-0), Kansas City (1-0) and South Dakota (1-0). SDSU improved from ninth to fifth in the league standings in the past two weeks.


Diana Potterveld leads the Jackrabbit attack with 13 points after a four-point weekend. Potterveld scored both game-winning goals in 1-0 wins versus Kansas City and South Dakota. She scored the game-winning goal versus USD with 28 seconds remaining in regulation. Potterveld leads the team in shots (35) and shots on goal (25), and also sports the highest shots on goal percentage on the team (.714).


Christa Nyblom and Stacy Guijarro are second and third, respectively, at nine and eight points. Nyblom scored three goals and assisted on three more, tied for the team lead. She is second in shots (33) and shots on goal (16), as well. Guijarro scored four goals, second most on the team, including one game-winning goal.


The midfield and defense is anchored by Caylee Costello, Courtney Higgins, Megan Huegli, Katie McNeary and Dani Patterson. Patterson was named Defensive Player of the Week for her performances Oct. 15-21.


Elisa Stamatakis recorded 46 saves, five shutouts and four wins in 15 starts. Tina Ehrett, who started on Senior Day, posted eight saves, one shutout and one win in four games played and one start.


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




Omaha Mavericks - The Jacks face the Mavericks for the sixth time in school history and the first time since Omaha joined The Summit League. Omaha leads the all-time series 4-0-1.


The last time the two teams played was in 2004 (L, 2-0), one year after SDSU left the North Central Conference. The lone tie was in 2003, as the two teams played even (0-0, 2 OT) in Brookings.


SDSU is 0-2 versus Omaha in Omaha, Neb. Omaha leads in aggregate scoring 19-4, 11-2 in the two games in Omaha.


Being as it is near the end of the season, the two teams have many common opponents. The only conference opponent Omaha has not faced other than SDSU is North Dakota State (Sunday, 2:15 p.m.).


Omaha is playing its first home game since its conference opener weekend on Sept. 28, 30. The Mavericks opened conference play with a split versus Fort Wayne (W, 1-0) and Oakland (L, 1-0).


SDSU is winless in three conference road games this season, but its last loss was nearly three weeks ago (Oct. 7 at Oakland).


Last weekend, Omaha suffered a pair of one-goal defeats on the road. Omaha stumbled at Western Illinois (1-0, OT) before falling in its road finale at IUPUI (2-1).




South Dakota - The South Dakota State women's soccer team closed out its home schedule in style on Sunday, topping South Dakota 1-0 in dramatic fashion.

On Senior Day at Fishback Soccer Park, the Jacks received contributions from numerous seniors.


After 89 minutes of scoreless soccer, Diana Potterveld stole the ball from a Coyote defender in the penalty box after a SDSU corner kick and scored the lone goal of the game.


The goal was Potterveld's fifth of the season and her second of the weekend. It was also her second game-winning goal of the season and the weekend.


The game ended 1-0 in favor of SDSU, keeping its postseason hopes alive.


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


The scoreless first half was preserved by goalkeeper Tina Ehrett, starting her first game of the season, who made an extended save in a one-on-one situation with nine minutes left in the half.


SDSU led in shots (6-4) and corner kicks (2-1), but trailed in shots on goal (2-1). South Dakota was whistled for 10 fouls and no offsides, while SDSU was whistled for seven fouls and two offsides.


Christa Nyblom led the Jackrabbit attack with three shots. Hannah Phillips attempted the lone shot on goal.


Ehrett made two first-half saves.


The second half was more of the same, as neither team was able to generate much pressure for the majority of the half.


After 15 more minutes of scoreless play, the USD attack drew Ehrett away from the goal and attempted a shot on an open net. Katie McNeary made a brilliant play to block the shot and preserve the tie.


It took nearly 30 more minutes, but Potterveld made it worth the wait.


SDSU led in shots (16-7) and corner kicks (10-1), but trailed in shots on goal (4-3). USD committed 16 fouls and one offsides, while SDSU committed 10 fouls and three offsides.

The 10 corner kicks are a season high for SDSU and the eight corner kicks in the second half tie a season high in a single half. At one point in the second half, SDSU generated three consecutive corner kicks.


Nyblom led the attack with four total shots. Potterveld scored the goal on her lone shot of the game.


Ehrett made four total saves for her first shutout of the season and of her career.


Kansas City - The South Dakota State women's soccer team continued its impressive homestand with a 1-0 win over Kansas City on Friday night at Fishback Soccer Park.


After 75 scoreless minutes, Diana Potterveld put the Jacks up for good with a close-range shot. Darci Miller controlled a loose ball in the box following a SDSU corner kick and played it to an unmarked Potterveld. The goal tied Potterveld for first on the team with four, while Miller notches her first assist of the season.


With six minutes remaining in the game, Stamatakis made a lead-preserving save after a Kansas City forward headed a ball on goal. The ball was cleared out of danger.


The game ended 1-0 in favor of the Jacks.


The first half was relatively quiet, considering the Jacks recorded five shots on goal. All five were saved by the Kangaroos' goalkeeper.


The two teams played a scoreless first half.


SDSU and Kansas City were tied in shots (7-7), but the Jacks led in shots on goal (5-1) and corner kicks (1-0). Kansas City was whistled for five fouls and one offsides, while SDSU was whistled for one foul and zero offsides.


Megan Kingston led the Jackrabbit attack with three shots, one on goal. Miller attempted two shots, both on goal.


Elisa Stamatakis made one save in the first half.


The majority of the second half was more of the same, but Potterveld finally broke through with her fourth shot of the game.


SDSU led in shots (17-12), shots on goal (10-4) and corner kicks (4-3). Kansas City was whistled for nine fouls and three offsides, while SDSU was whistled for eight fouls and one offsides.


Potterveld led the attack with four shots, all on goal, and one goal.


Stamatakis made four total saves for her fifth shutout of the season, which includes all four SDSU wins.


The win not only pushes SDSU ahead of Kansas City in the league standings and is its second win in a row, but it keeps its postseason hopes alive.



SDSU plays a waiting game, as it watches the league scoreboard to determine if it qualifies for The Summit League Championship.


SDSU qualifies for The Summit League Championship with: SDSU win at Omaha AND North Dakota State loss at Omaha OR Western Illinois 0-1-1/0-2-0 weekend (at Fort Wayne, at Oakland) OR Oakland 0-2-0 weekend (vs. IUPUI, vs. WIU).







Fort Wayne



Western Illinois






North Dakota State



South Dakota State






Kansas City






South Dakota





Friday, Oct. 26

South Dakota State at Omaha, 3 p.m.
IUPUI at Oakland, 7 p.m.
Western Illinois at Fort Wayne, 7 p.m.


Saturday, Oct. 27
Kansas City at South Dakota, 1 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 28
IUPUI at Fort Wayne, 1 p.m.
Western Illinois at Oakland, 1 p.m.
North Dakota State at Omaha, 2:15 p.m.

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