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Release: 09/27/2012 10:19:34

GAME-10

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012

South Dakota State (2-6-1) at North Dakota State (3-6-0)

Fargo, N.D. (Ellig Sports Complex)

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

Series: Tied 6-6-2

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota State women's soccer team opens conference play at North Dakota State on Saturday.

 

The Jacks enter Saturday's conference game with a 2-6-1 overall record.

 

SDSU opens conference play after taking one week off following its non-conference finale at Creighton. The Jacks dropped a tough decision to the Bluejays, 2-1.

 

Darci Miller and Stacy Guijarro lead the Jackrabbit attack with identical statistic lines: three goals on 11 shots for six total points. Miller scored the game-winning goal in the SDSU regular season opener at Green Bay. Guijarro boasts the best shots on goal percentage at .818 with nine shots on goal.

 

Tied-for-second with four points are Diana Potterveld and Christa Nyblom. Potterveld scored two goals on a team-high 22 shots. Nyblom scored one goal and assisted on two more for her points. Alyssa Brazil scored the other game-winning goal versus Northern Iowa.

 

Elisa Stamatakis recorded 35 saves, three shutouts and two wins through nine games.

 

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

 

THIS WEEK

North Dakota State Bison – The Jacks play conference foe North Dakota State for the 15th time in school history, the most meetings between SDSU and any opponent. The all-time series is tied at 6-6-2.

 

Last season, SDSU raced by NDSU on its way to the regular season conference championship.

 

Kelsey Ferguson put the Jacks on top midway through the first half. Megan Kingston recorded the assist on spectacular move, splitting two defenders and finding Ferguson wide open in front of the net.

 

The score at halftime was 1-0 in favor of SDSU.

 

The Jacks were outshot in the firs half 8-1, including a 5-1 shots on goal advantage for the Bison. SDSU, however, made its one shot count.

 

Determined to not allow a repeat of last year's regular season contest, Ferguson stepped up once again. Only three minutes and 49 seconds into the second half, Ferguson scored from outside the top of the box. Kingston and Darci Miller were each credited with an assist after a drop pass and center.

 

North Dakota State narrowed the margin in the 63rd minute on a loose ball that was controlled in the SDSU box.

 

The determination of the Jacks was evident, however, as the team responded 14 minutes later. Christa Nyblom made an incredible shot, chipping a crossed ball over the goalkeeper to the far post. The cross came from Abby Jurgens, who received a deep ball from Steph Peterson. Both were credited with an assist.

 

The second two-goal lead was too much for the Bison to overcome, as the game ended with a 3-1 score in favor of SDSU.

 

NDSU outshot the Jacks 15-13, including a 9-5 shots on goal advantage. SDSU was whistled for 10 fouls to the Bison's four, while both teams were called offside twice.

 

The Jacks face the Bison to open the conference schedule for the first time since the two teams joined The Summit League. Prior to Saturday’s game, the earliest the two teams played was the third-to-last conference game of the season.

 

SDSU and NDSU have four common opponents from the non-conference schedule this season.

 

The Bison tied Creighton 1-1 in a neutral-site exhibition game. In regular season play, NDSU lost to Drake 2-1 (OT) and Northern Iowa 2-1 (2 OT), but defeated North Dakota 3-0. All three games were road games for the Bison.

 

The Jacks lost to Drake and Creighton, both by the score of 2-1, and North Dakota 3-1, but blew out Northern Iowa 4-0. SDSU hosted Drake and UNI, but traveled to UND and Creighton.

 

Two weeks ago, in its most recent games, NDSU dropped both games in its Friday, Sunday series. The Bison lost 2-1 (2 OT) at UNI and 1-0 at Missouri State.

 

LAST WEEK

Creighton Bluejays – The South Dakota State women's soccer team stumbled in its non-conference finale 2-1 at Creighton on Wednesday…

 

The Jacks led in shots and shots on goal, but did not capitalize and Creighton took advantage of its opportunities.

 

SDSU attacked early and often in the first half, with three shots, two on goal, in the first 12 minutes.

 

The two teams were scoreless through 39 minutes and it looked as though the game would be scoreless at halftime, but the offensive excitement was about to begin.

 

Creighton scored first in the 40th minute on a cross and shot from 25 yards out.

 

And once again, it looked as though the half would end with the Bluejays leading 1-0, but the Jacks responded with less than two minutes remaining.

 

Stacy Guijarro dribbled down the right side of the field, created some space and put a shot in the goal from 15 yards away. Sheridon Newberry was credited with the assist. The goal, Guijarro's third of the season, tied her for the team lead.

 

SDSU held the first-half advantage in shots (9-5) and shots on goal (6-3), but trailed Creighton in corner kicks (3-1). SDSU was whistled for four fouls and no offside, while CU was whistled for two fouls and two offside.

 

Megan Kingston led the Jackrabbit attack with three shots, all on goal.

 

Elisa Stamatakis made two saves in the first half.

 

Despite upping its lead in shots and shots on goal, SDSU once again allowed the go-ahead goal. Creighton's forward took advantage of an opening and scored from 12 yards out in the 67th minute.


The Jacks had numerous chances in the final 20 minutes, but could not find the equalizer. The game ended 2-1 in favor of the Bluejays.

 

"I give a lot of credit to Creighton," head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "They always find a way to beat us. We created enough opportunities to win tonight, but just cannot maintain focus for an entire game."

 

SDSU led in shots (14-8) and shots on goal (11-4), but trailed CU in corner kicks (5-1).

 

SDSU was whistled for five fouls and no offside, while CU was whistled for six fouls and five offside.


Diana Potterveld led the offense with five shots, all on goal.

 

Stamatakis made two saves on the night.

 

SDSU dropped to 2-6-1, while Creighton improved to 3-5-2.

 

THE SUMMIT LEAGUE

This weekend offers up a full slate of games around the league, with all members other than SDSU and NDSU playing a Friday, Sunday series.

 

Friday, Sept. 28

Kansas City at Western Illinois, 3 p.m.

Fort Wayne at Omaha, 4 p.m.

South Dakota at IUPUI, 7 p.m.

 

Sunday, Sept. 30

Oakland at Omaha, Noon

Kansas City at IUPUI, 1 p.m.

South Dakota at Western Illinois, 1 p.m.

 

Complete results will be available on The Summit League website.

 

NEXT UP

The Jacks return to Friday, Sunday series play on the road at Fort Wayne and Oakland. SDSU visits the Mastodons on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. and the Golden Grizzlies on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.

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