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Jacks accept invite to Kansas...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 08/23/2012 15:47:41

The South Dakota State women’s soccer team accepted the invitation to play UNLV and Georgia in the Kansas Invitational Tournament...

SDSU plays in the invitational after a 1-1 start to the season last weekend. The Jacks traveled to Wisconsin to face Green Bay and Wisconsin. SDSU topped Green Bay 2-0 on Friday before stumbling at Wisconsin 5-0 on Sunday.

Christa Nyblom, senior midfielder and team captain, played in all 20 games for South Dakota State (19 starts) and is the top returner in goals (5), points (11), shots (36) and shots on goal (21). She also scored three game-winning goals, second-best on the team.

Stéphanie Bérubé, senior defender, played in 19 games for the Jacks (19 starts), scoring one goal on four shots. Aside from Nyblom, she is the only returning all-conference selection from 2011 (second team).

The Jacks return five starters and 12 additional letterwinners from the 2011 squad, while adding nine freshmen and one transfer student-athlete. The Jacks graduated Summit League Offensive Player of the Year Kayla Braffet and four other all-conference selections: Cori Bonte (first team), Kat Donovan (first team), Kelli Herman (first team) and Kelsey Ferguson (second team).

By way of its regular season finish, SDSU hosts the four-team Summit League Championship on Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 in Brookings, S.D.

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

The South Dakota State women’s soccer team tabbed for second in the 2012 Summit League Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll.

The Jacks received four of the nine first-place votes and finished with 59 total points, two points behind league-favorite Oakland. The vote consists of the league’s nine head coaches.

SDSU finished second in the preseason poll for the fourth straight season, tying North Dakota State for second entering 2011. This season, the Jacks are alone in second by 12 points, followed by Kansas City (47) and NDSU (46).


UNLV Rebels – The Jacks face the Rebels for the first time in school history. SDSU is 1-2-0 against competition from the Mountain West (1-1-0 vs. Nevada, 0-1-0 vs. Wyoming).

UNLV is 1-1 this season after defeating Northern Arizona, but falling to Hawaii last weekend. The Rebels posted a 2-0 win over Northern Arizona on Friday before losing a high-scoring affair to Hawaii (5-4) on Sunday.

Follow the game via Game Tracker.

Georgia Bulldogs – The Jacks face the Bulldogs for the first time in school history. It is also the first game against an opponent from the SEC.

Georgia is 2-0 this season after defeating UNC Greensboro and Furman last weekend. The Bulldogs outlasted Greensboro 1-0 (2ot) on Friday before topping Furman by the same margin, different score (2-1) on Sunday.

Follow the game via Game Tracker.


Green Bay Phoenix - The South Dakota State women’s soccer team topped Green Bay 2-0 in dramatic fashion on Friday to open the season...

In the 82nd minute, Darci Miller scored on a header off of a corner kick by junior forward Megan Kingston.

Nearly six minutes later, Diana Potterveld took advantage of a two-on-one and netted the second goal of the game to secure the decision. Dani Patterson and Brittany Sipp were each credited with an assist on the second goal.

“The game was back-and-forth the entire night,” head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. “I was very proud of how we played in the last 15 minutes of the game. We got great contributions from a lot of players and many of our younger players stepped up tonight. We still have a lot to learn, but this was a good start to the season.”

Green Bay held the advantage in shots (8-7), but SDSU led in shots on goal (5-4) and corner kicks (5-2). The Phoenix committed eight fouls and three offsides, while the Jacks committed six fouls and two offsides.

Potterveld and Nyblom led the Jacks with two shots (one on goal) apiece. Miller, Kingston and junior Stacy Guijarro recorded the other three SDSU shots on goal.

Stamatakis posted the shutout with four saves.

The Jacks played without injured seniors Stéphanie Bérubé, Courtney Higgins and Hannah Phillips.

Wisconsin Badgers - The South Dakota State women’s soccer team was bested by Wisconsin 5-0 in the weekend finale on Sunday...

Both teams entered the game with a 1-0-0 record after wins on Friday afternoon. The Jackrabbits defeated Green Bay 2-0, while Wisconsin edged Notre Dame 1-0.

The Badgers attacked early and often, scoring the first of two first-half goals in the 22nd minute. The forward hit the shot from outside the box and lofted it into the right corner of the net, just out of the outstretched reach of Elisa Stamatakis.

Fifteen minutes later, Wisconsin added to its lead with a shot from the top of the box.

The two teams played the final eight minutes of the first half without a score.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first, as the Badgers scored 11 minutes into the half on a corner kick-header combination.

Eight minutes later, Wisconsin used another header to extend the lead.

Wisconsin added its fifth and final goal in the 66th minute.

“I thought we started the game very well and did some good things periodically throughout the game,” head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. “But when you play a quality team like Wisconsin, they make you pay for your mistakes. Hopefully we will learn a lot from this game and be better next week.”

The Badgers finished with the advantage in shots (23-5), shots on goal (10-1) and corner kicks (7-1).

Wisconsin committed eight fouls and was whistled for offsides five times, while SDSU committed four fouls and was offsides once.

Stamatakis made five saves in 74 minutes of play.

SDSU played its second game without injured seniors Stéphanie Bérubé and Courtney Higgins.

– SDSU hosts Drake in its regular season home opener on Friday, Aug. 31. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Fishback Soccer Park.

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