Soccer extends unbeaten streak to six games
WATERLOO, Iowa – The South Dakota State women’s soccer team survived an overtime thriller on Sunday afternoon against Northern Iowa. The Jackrabbits defeated the Panthers 1-0 via Diana Potterveld’s game-winning goal in the second overtime period.
Both teams struggled to get their offenses going as they combined for 15 shots throughout the game. The Jackrabbits outshot the Panthers 10-5, with the majority of their shots being taken in the second period (six).
UNI had an early chance to take the lead. Five minutes into the game Brady Clark’s shot hit the crossbar and the Panthers were called offsides on the rebound attempt.
The game stayed tied throughout the remainder of regulation. With four minutes left in the first overtime period Ashley Adams’ scoring attempt was denied by Nicole Postel. The Panthers had a chance to win the game early in the second overtime, but Clark’s shot attempt went wide. Two minutes later the Jackrabbits went on the offensive.
SDSU capitalized on their lone shot attempt in the second overtime period as Potterveld scored off a cross attempt into the box. Her goal today was her second of the season.
Clark led the Panther attack as she tallied four shot attempts. She also had the lone shot on goal for UNI.
"I think it was great that our team found a way to win these types of games and sometimes it pays to be lucky, but sometimes that has gone against us in the past," noted head coach Lang Wedemeyer. "This team has a lot of potential and this was a good step forward."
Potterveld also scored the game-winner on Friday in a 1-0 victory against Drake. Potterveld is now tied for 10th all-time in SDSU history with five game-winning goals.
Nicole Inskeep recorded her fifth shutout of the season; she has only allowed five goals in 779 minutes played this year.
The Jackrabbits improve to 4-2-2 on the season and the Panthers fall to 1-6-0.
Wedemeyer is also looking forward to next weekend against Kansas as he mentioned, "Kansas is a great program and they play very attractive soccer. They have a lot of attacking weapons, which will be a challenge to contain. We are excited to have them at home and it will be a good test for us."
SDSU ends their non-conference portion of the season next weekend at home as they host Kansas on Friday at 6 p.m. and North Dakota on Sunday at 1 p.m.