Costello knocks home game-winner
The South Dakota State women’s soccer team defeated Northern Illinois in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon. The Jackrabbits topped the Huskies 2-1 on a header from Caylee Costello in the closing minutes of the game.
It only took 12 minutes for the Jackrabbits to get on the board with Alyssa Brazil’s third goal of the year. Megan Kingston was able to sneak a pass past the defender and Brazil put the ball into the back of the net.
The Huskies tied up the game in the 35th minute on Sara Spaulding’s first goal of the year. Spaulding’s goal today was the first for an opponent on the Jackrabbit defense since August 25th.
Ashley Adams received her first yellow card of the year with her foul in the 39th minute.
Costello had a shot on goal in the final minute of the first half, but Amy Carr was able to record her fourth save of the half. The Huskies caught a break in the closing seconds in the first half as they avoided a goal by Shelby Raper.
Raper fired a shot from outside the box, but the final whistle blew seconds before the ball crossed the line.
The Jackrabbits and Huskies remained tied going into the second half. SDSU outshot NIU 8-4 in the first half.
The SDSU offense continued to move the ball in the second half as they recorded six corner kicks and nine shots. Carr kept the Jackrabbits off the board until the final minutes with her four saves.
Nicole Inskeep stepped up and made three saves of her own in the second half.
It wasn’t until the 89th minute that the Jackrabbits caught the break they’ve been looking for.
Brazil took the corner kick on behalf of the Jackrabbits and placed it perfectly for a diving Costello. Costello was able to put the ball in the lower left corner of the net and past the diving Carr.
The Huskies were unable to respond with a goal of their own and the Jackrabbits prevailed 2-1.
"Today was a great step forward for our ability to win a close game," noted head coach Lang Wedemeyer. "Winning games like this speaks to the character of the team and their ability to overcome adversity."
Courtney Ksiazek and Diana Potterveld also received yellow cards during the game. Ksiazek received hers in the 55th minute, while Potterveld was handed a card in the 61st minute.
SDSU outshot NIU 17-9. The Jackrabbits also recorded nine corner kicks compared to only one by the Huskies.
Brazil, Costello and Dani Patterson made the Jackrabbit Invitational All-Tournament team.
SDSU improves to 2-2-2 on the season, while Northern Illinois drops to 2-3-0.
Brazil leads the team with eight points; She has three goals and two assists on the season.
The Jackrabbits will travel to Iowa next weekend for a pair of games. SDSU will play Drake on Friday night at 6 p.m. and Northern Iowa on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.