Soccer season comes to an end in Fort Wayne
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The South Dakota State women’s soccer team season ended on Friday night as they fell to North Dakota State 2-1 in the semifinals of The Summit League Soccer Championships. Alyssa Brazil scored the lone goal for SDSU.
“The girls played well all year, they overcame injuries and adversity to do what they did and for that we are proud,” noted head coach Lang Wedemeyer. “We’ve a crop of young players who have gotten a lot of experience this year, so we look to the future tomorrow. “
The Jackrabbits began the game with three shots in the first 15 minutes of play. Diana Potterveld’s first shot of the game at the 7:23 mark went wide and less than minute later Sierra Bonham claimed her first save of game on McKenize Wolf’s shot on goal.
SDSU posted another two shots within a four-minute period, when Potterveld’s shot was blocked (14:23) and Darci Miller’s first shot of the game went high (17:54).
The best offense chance in the first half came at the 20:07 mark when Brazil was fouled inside the NDSU penalty box. Potterveld’s penalty kick attempt hit the right post and bounced out.
Potterveld posted her fourth shot of the first half at 22:40, but Bonham stepped up for the save. Bonham made her fourth save of the half on Caylee Costello’s header (32:28).
Less than thirty seconds after Costello’s header the Bison broke the scoreless tie. Lauren Miller found Anisha Kinarath and she put the ball in the back of the net for her eighth goal of the season.
Costello had one more attempt in the first half to put the Jacks on the board, but her shot was blocked (35:52). NDSU went into halftime with a 1-0 lead over the Jacks.
The Jackrabbits outshot the Bison 8-3 in the first 45 minutes of play.
The Bison came out in the second on the offensive as they tallied five shots, before SDSU posted one of their own. In sixty-fifth minute, Miller had two shots, her first one went wide (64:34) and her second one gave the Bison a 2-0 lead (64:51).
Less than thirty seconds after Miller’s goal the Jackrabbits responded. Megan Kingston passed the ball to Brazil in the box and she beat the keeper to the left corner. Brazil’s goal on the night was her sixth of the season.
The Jackrabbits pressed to find the tying goal in the final twenty-five minutes of the game, but were unable.
Bonham made back-to-back saves in the 71st minute on Brazil (70:20) and Madison Yueill (70:48). Bonham made another save on Brazil at the 73:18 mark.
In the 82nd minute, Potterveld’s shot went wide (81:03) and Alexa Trakalo’s shot went high (81:26).
Bonham made seven saves on the night.
The Jackrabbits end the year with a 11-5-2 mark, while NDSU improves to 9-9-0.
Miller played 5050 minutes in her career as a Jackrabbit, which ranks ninth all-time in the record books. Kingston’s nine assists ties her for tenth all-time at SDSU.