SDSU Hosts Creighton, Travels to North Dakota
South Dakota State 11-5-2 (6-1-0 Summit League)
Creighton 9-8-1 (2-6-1 Big East)
North Dakota 2-16-1 (1-8-0 Big Sky)
About South Dakota State
The Jackrabbits are looking for their first win of the 2014 season. In their exhibition game Aug. 15, Kansas netted three goals in the last 15 minutes of regulation to top SDSU.
SDSU returns eight starters from last year’s team that finished 11-5-2 despite enduring a rash of injuries to key contributors at different points in the season. The Jackrabbits were picked to finish second in the Summit League in the preseason poll behind defending champion Denver, receiving one first-place vote and 55 total points.
Headlining the returnees are Dani Patterson, Diana Potterveld and Alyssa Brazil. An anchor on the back line, Patterson was one of two Jackrabbits to earn all-Summit League first team honors in 2013. The 2012 Summit League Freshman of the Year, Potterveld is healed from an injury that cost her four games last season. Brazil led the team in scoring from the midfield in 2013 and will be counted on to take on additional responsibility, as SDSU has to replace stalwarts Darci Miller and Caylee Costello.
SDSU also returns goalkeepers Elisa Stamatakis and Nicole Inskeep. As a freshman, Inskeep earned all-Summit League second team and newcomer team accolades after posting a 0.57 GAA in league play. She recorded 11 shutouts, tying Kat Donovan for the single-season high. Stamatakis, who missed the 2013 season due to injury, needs one start to move into sole possession of second place all time in program history. She appears in the top 10 in most career goalkeeping categories.
Like SDSU, Creighton hopes to get in the win column for the first time this fall in its regular-season opener. The Bluejays posted two losses in exhibition play, falling 2-1 to Arkansas Aug. 14 and 2-0 to Missouri State Aug. 16.
Even though they didn’t get the win, the Bluejays impressed in their exhibition match against SEC foe Arkansas. Playing on the road, and on the SEC Network, the Bluejays were tied with the Razorbacks, 1-1, until the 65th minute. Danielle Rice, who played the first 45 minutes, made six saves, allowing only one goal.
Chosen to finish eighth in the Big East preseason poll, Creighton returns nine starters, including 2013 Big East honoree Alyssa Jara, who was named to the third team. Jara also became the first Bluejay since 2010 to earn all-region honors, making the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Northeast Region Third Team.
Leading scorer Kirstyn Corder and starting goalkeeper Rice are also back. Corder, a transfer from New Hampshire, led the team in goals (7), points (14) and game-winning goals (4) in her first season as a Bluejay. Creighton needs to replace Lauren Cingoranelli (3g-4a) and Kelsey O’Donnell (4g-1a), who finished second and third on the team in scoring.
Creighton owns an 8-0-1 record against SDSU. The last time out, the Bluejays downed the Jackrabbits 2-1 Sept. 19, 2012 in Omaha, Neb.
About North Dakota
North Dakota has endured a rocky transition to the Division I level to this point. UND has posted two consecutive two-win seasons and has not enjoyed a winning record since making the jump.
UND returns six starters, including three of its top four scorers in 2013: Zoe Foster (4g-1a), Kirsten Olson (2g-2a) and Andrea Hyduke (2g-1a). The squad also returns its starting goalkeeper, Kristi Hestdalen, and welcomes 11 newcomers.
North Dakota dropped both of its exhibition games by a 3-0 margin, to Minnesota Aug. 15 and to Vierbo Aug. 18. UND opens the regular season Friday, Aug. 22 at North Dakota State before hosting the Jackrabbits.
South Dakota State owns a 4-3-0 all-time record against UND. The last time out, on Sept. 22, 2013 at Fishback Soccer Park, SDSU routed North Dakota, 6-1, as six different Jackrabbits netted a goal. The last time the teams met in Grand Forks, N.D., on Sept. 7, 2012, North Dakota posted a 3-1 upset.
Twenty-three players saw the field in the exhibition, including seven newcomers. The starters were Inskeep (GK), Ashley Adams (D), Patterson (D), Delaney Ratcliffe (D), Brazil (MF), Hatcher (MF), Jennie Scislow (MF), Tori Poole (F), Potterveld (F) and Shelby Raper (F).
Head coach Lang Wedemeyer will look to move one win closer to 100 at the DI level. He currently sits at 93 DI wins.
Brock Thompson, who was North Dakota’s head coach from 2005-07, will face his former team for the fourth time Sunday. SDSU is 2-1-0 against UND since Thompson joined Wedemeyer’s staff as an assistant coach.
Sydney Bravek, a 2014 graduate of Brookings High, is a freshman on the UND squad. During her time as a Bobcat, she was a three-year letter winner and was named to the all-state first team in 2013.
Next Time Out
The Jackrabbits hit the road to face two Big Ten opponents: Wisconsin (Friday, Aug. 29) and Minnesota (Sunday, August 31). The Badgers and Golden Gophers have appeared in a combined 25 NCAA tournament appearances. SDSU has a 0-7-2 record against the two teams.