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Jacks make final road trip...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/19/2011 10:19:51
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Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
South Dakota State University (9-5-2; 5-0-1 SL) at South Dakota (1-11-3; 1-3-1 SL)
Summit League Standings: SDSU, second; USD, sixth
USD Soccer Field (Vermillion, S.D.)
4 p.m.
Series: USD leads 4-0-0

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011
South Dakota State University (9-5-2; 5-0-1 SL)* at UMKC (7-5-3; 5-0-0 SL)*
Summit League Standings: SDSU, second; UMKC, third
Durwood Soccer Stadium & Recreational Field (Kansas City, Mo.)
1 p.m.
Series: SDSU leads 2-0-0
*Records do not include Friday's games (UMKC hosts NDSU on Friday)

The South Dakota State women's soccer team returns home for a pair of conference games this weekend against Oakland and IPFW on Friday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 16, respectively. Game times are set for 6 p.m. CT on Friday and 1 p.m. CT on Sunday. 

SDSU enters the game with an 9-5-2 overall record, 5-0-1 in The Summit League. The Jackrabbits are currently second in the league standings.

The Jacks have put together a streak of seven straight games without a loss, which began with the last non-conference game. SDSU tied Oakland 0-0 (2ot) before beating IPFW 3-0 last weekend.


Senior Kayla Braffet leads the offensive attack for the Jacks with four goals, four assists, 60 shots and 28 shots on goal. Senior Kelsey Ferguson has recorded four goals, two assists, 43 shots and 15 shots on goal. Junior Christa Nyblom has three goals, one assist, 26 shots and 14 shots on goal. Sophomore Darci Miller, thanks to two assists this past weekend, has three assists on the season. Senior Danielle Neuhalfen and junior Megan Huegli have two assists apiece.


Senior Kelli Herman and Steph Peterson, juniors Courtney Higgins, Huegli and Stéphanie Bérubé and sophomores Caylee Costello and Miller have played key roles on the defensive side of the ball this season. The things these players have done do not always show up in the statistics, but are vital to the team’s success.


Senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan did not have to make a save in either victory this weekend. Donovan now has nine wins, nine shutouts and 52 saves this season.


The defense has now played 589 consective scoreless minutes; 560 coming to start conference play.


Head coach Lang Wedemeyer leads the Jackrabbits in his twelfth season. Wedemeyer compiled a 100-82-24 record is his first 11 seasons.




South Dakota – The Jackrabbits face the Coyotes for the fifth time in school history. USD holds a 4-0-0 series lead over SDSU. However, the last time the two teams played was in 2003 as members of the Division II North Central Conference.


In the four games between 2000-2004, USD outscored SDSU 9-1, with the last three being shutout victories.


SDSU will attempt to produce a different outcome this time around.


The teams were scheduled to play last season, but the game was canceled.


This is the first season that South Dakota has been a member of The Summit League.


Last weekend, the Coyotes played only one game, falling 2-1 at UMKC on Saturday.


That decision may be telling for Sunday's game, as the Jacks face USD on Friday before traveling to Kansas City, Mo.


On Monday, the Coyotes also fell to Northern Iowa, 2-0.


The losses made USD 1-3-1 in the conference and 1-11-3 overall. The record puts them in sixth place in the conference standings.



UMKC – The Jackrabbits face the Kangaroos for the third time in school history, the fewest of any conference opponent. SDSU has won the two games played against UMKC.


Last season, the Jacks beat the Kangaroos 3-0 in Kansas City, Mo.


The first half was scoreless, but SDSU pouredit on in the second half.


The Jacks scored three goals in a 22-minute span, the first coming 1:38 into the second half. Steph Peterson scored an unassisted goal to put SDSU on top.


Darci Miller recorded an assist on the second goal and the Jacks added a third 13 minutes later.


UMKC was held to one shot, which was on goal and saved.


The year's UMKC team is much different from last year's, however, as the Kangaroos were 0-7-2 in conference play last season.


Last weekend, UMKC played in only one game, beating South Dakota 2-1 on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.


The win made UMKC 5-0-0 in the conference and 7-5-3 overall. The Kangaroos are in third place in the conference standings, one spot behind the Jacks.




Kayla Braffet


Career scoring - 5. 53 points

Shots attempted - 3. 195 shots

Shots on goal - 2. 86 shots on goal (needs 13 to become all-time leader)

Goals scored - T-5. 18 goals

Assists - 2. 17 (needs two to become all-time leader)


Kelsey Ferguson


Career scoring - 12. 32 points (needs three to make top-10)

Shots attempted - 9. 125 shots

Shots on goal - 10. 51 shots on goal

Game-winng goals - 1. 9 game-winning goals (became the all-time leader on Oct. 7 at Western Illinois)


Kat Donovan


Shutouts - 2. 9 shutouts (needs two to become all-time leader)



Shutouts - 3. 9 shutouts

Victories in goal - 4. 9 victories

IPFW The South Dakota State women's soccer team had two players score their first goals of the season in a 3-0 win over IPFW...

Career games for sophomores Darci Miller and Megan Kingston helped the Jacks stay undefeated in The Summit League with a win over the Mastodons on a windy Sunday in Brookings, S.D.

Kingston, a transfer, scored two goals for the Jacks, the first coming in the 22nd minute on a cross from senior Kayla Braffet. Kingston took the ball out of the air and placed it inside the near post.

The goal was her first as a Jackrabbit.

The score was 1-0 at halftime, as SDSU controlled the ball despite being against a strong wind.

"I thought we, at times, played better against the wind [in the first half]," head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "The wind definitely makes a difference. It is harder to clear the ball out during a pressure situation and a lot of balls are under hit. It is so windy out here so often; we have become used to it."

The Jacks outshot IPFW 13-1 in the first half, including a 4-0 shots on goal advantage. SDSU also took six corner kicks to the Mastodon's none.

It did not take long for SDSU to add to its lead.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Miller received a pass from Christa Nyblom and finished from the top-center of the box, putting the Jacks ahead 2-0.

The goal was her first of the season.

SDSU controlled the ball for the majority of the second half, as well, and continued to create scoring opportunities.

In the 89th minute, Kingston added another goal, putting an exclamation point on the already impressive performance. Miller was credited with the assist.

"Hopefully this is just the beginning of things to come [for Megan Kingston]," Wedemeyer said. "We have talked to her a lot about getting into the box and on the back post and that is how she scored her first goal. We knew she had these capabilities, which is why we moved her from midfield to forward."

"Darci Miller had a great ball on [Kingston's] second goal and Kayla Braffet had a nice pass [on the first]; those are things we have been working a lot on in practice and it is nice to see them being executed," said Wedemeyer.

The Jacks outshot IPFW 22-2 in the game, including an 8-0 shots on goal advantage. SDSU held a 10-0 corner kicks advantage, as well.


Oakland On a cold Friday night in Brookings, S.D., the South Dakota State women's soccer team could not heat up the net, tying Oakland, 0-0 (2ot)...

The Jackrabbits dominated the game statistically, but could not find the go-ahead goal.

SDSU outshot the Golden Grizzlies 17-5, including an 8-0 shots on goal advantage. In addition to the eight shots on goal, the Jacks had two shots hit the crossbar.

In the 84th minute, senior Kayla Braffet hit a shot from just outside the box. The ball cut through the air towards the far post, striking the crossbar and bouncing straight down before being cleared out by an Oakland defender.

In the second overtime period, sophomore Caylee Costello also had a shot hit the crossbar. The shot deflected away from the goal and out of danger.

Aside from two shots that were saved by Oakland's goalkeeper, these were the best scoring opportunities the Jacks had all night.

"In a game like this, the only thing that happens is you need a goal," head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "A goal forces the defense to come out of that shell and it opens up more space. They were able to be effective packing it in and trying to counter. We were not able to break it down. The girls played a good game, but missed that scoring touch."

Seniors Braffet and Kelsey Ferguson led the offensive attack with four shots apiece. Junior Christa Nyblom took three shots, all of which were on goal.

The starters accounted for 16 of the Jacks 17 shots. SDSU also led in corner kicks, 3-2.

The defense had another solid game, as senior Kelli Herman, juniors Courtney Higgins and Stéphanie Bérubé and Costello anchored the back line for the Jacks.

Senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan was not forced to make a single save.

The only caution in the game was given to Oakland's head coach in the sixth minute.

"We played fairly well for most of the game," said Wedemeyer. "It was a little bit of a chess match. They played with five backs a lot of times, trying to stagnate our attack and for a good portion of the game it worked. We created enough opportunities to score a few goals, but it was the same story as the rest of the season; a little unlucky or a good goalkeeping save or just missing an opportunity. Oakland is a good team, but we are a bit disappointed with the tie."


NEXT UP – SDSU returns home for the regular season finale against North Dakota State on Saturday, Oct. 29. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Fishback Soccer Park.


The game will have postseason implications, as NDSU is currently atop the conference standings with a 6-0-0 mark.


The Jacks face the Bison for the 14th time in school history, the most of any opponent. NDSU holds a 6-5-2 series lead over SDSU.


Last season, NDSU beat SDSU in the regular season 2-1. The two teams met again in the first round of the conference tournament. In that game, the teams tied 1-1 (2ot), but the Bison advanced with a 4-3 advantage in penalty kicks.


THE SUMMIT LEAGUE – A nearly full slate of games is set for this weekend, once again.


On Friday, along with the SDSU at USD game, three late games are on the schedule.


UMKC hosts NDSU.

IPFW hosts Southern Utah in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Oakland hosts Oral Roberts in Rochester, Mich.

All games are set for 7 p.m. (times local to event locations)


On Saturday, Western Illinois hosts IUPUI in Macomb, Ill., at Noon.


On Sunday, in addition to SDSU at UMKC, three games will be played at the same time.


USD hosts NDSU.

IPFW hosts Oral Roberts.

Oakland hosts Southern Utah.

All games are set for 1 p.m. (times local to event locations)

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