SDSU Faces Two Big Ten Foes on the Road
The South Dakota State women’s soccer team will be tested on the road against two Big Ten foes as they look for their first win of the 2014 season. The Jackrabbits face Wisconsin Friday, Aug. 29 and then play Minnesota Sunday, Aug. 31.
About the Jackrabbits
Creighton used a late goal to down the Jackrabbits, 3-2, in their season opener Aug. 22. SDSU’s game against North Dakota Aug. 24 was canceled due to unplayable field conditions and has yet to be rescheduled.
Diana Potterveld had a three-point performance against Creighton, tallying a goal and an assist. She also recorded a team-high five shots. Shelby Raper netted her second career goal to tie the game at two apiece before the Bluejays pulled ahead. Nicole Inskeep made nine saves in the contest, including seven in the second half.
About the Badgers
Wisconsin is coming off a dramatic 2-1 overtime win over Tennessee Aug. 24. Even though the Badgers allowed the Volunteers to net the equalizer in the 62nd minute, they quickly regrouped to secure their second victory of the season, with Kodee Williams delivering the game winner just over a minute into overtime.
Two days earlier in their season opener, the Badgers downed Oregon, 1-0, behind a goal from Cara Walls. Genevieve Richard made two saves, while a stout defense prevented the Ducks from capitalizing on six corner kicks.
Wisconsin owns a 1-0-1 record against SDSU. The last time out, the Badgers defeated the Jackrabbits 5-0 Aug. 19, 2012 in Madison, Wis.
About the Golden Gophers
Minnesota opened the season on a high note, dismantling Stetson, 10-0, Aug. 22 on the road. The Gophers scored five goals each half and outshot the Hatters, 19-4. Simone Kolander had a seven-point night behind two goals and three assists, while Sydney Squires netted two goals and an assist. Olivia Schultz (2), Rachel McCloskey, Jen Larrick, Julianna Gernes and Taylor Wodnick also scored for Minnesota.
The Gophers dropped their second game of the season to No. 2 Florida State, 4-1, Aug. 24. The teams were tied at the end of the first half, but the Seminoles scored three unanswered goals in the second to down Minnesota.
The Gophers’ lone tally came off a free kick, with Ashley Pafko taking a pass from Kolander and finding the back of the net. Tarah Hobbs, the 2013 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, made nine saves in the contest.
Minnesota owns a 5-0-1 all-time record against SDSU. The last time out, on Aug. 21, 2011 in St. Paul, Minn., the Golden Gophers blanked the Jackrabbits, 5-0.
After her three-point night against Creighton, Potterveld now has 30 career points. She needs eight to tie graduate assistant coach Christa Nyblom for 10th all time.
Inskeep’s nine saves Aug. 22 matched her career high set at Denver Oct. 25, 2013.
Head coach Lang Wedemeyer will look to move one win closer to 100 at the DI level. He currently sits at 93 DI wins.
Next Time Out
The Jackrabbits return home for three games, hosting Drake (Sept. 5), Bemidji State (Sept. 7) and Northern State (Sept. 11). South Dakota State will face intrastate foe Northern State for the first time since transitioning to the Division I level in 2004.