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Jacks face NDSU for conference title...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/27/2011 15:23:05

Senior Day/Parent's Day
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011
South Dakota State (11-5-2; 7-0-1 SL) vs. North Dakota State (14-2-2; 7-0-1 SL)
Summit League Standings: SDSU, tied for first; NDSU, tied for first
Fishback Soccer Park (Brookings, S.D.)
6 p.m.
Series: NDSU leads 6-5-2
*The first 200 students will receive free pizza courtesy of SDSU athletics

The South Dakota State women's soccer team returns home for a conference game this Saturday against North Dakota State. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CT.

SDSU enters the game with an 11-5-2 overall record, 7-0-1 in The Summit League. The Jackrabbits are currently tied for first in the league standings.

The Jacks have put together a streak of nine straight games without a loss, which began with the last non-conference game. SDSU beat South Dakota 2-0 in Vermillion, S.D., before topping UMKC 1-0 in Kansas City, Mo., last weekend.


Senior Kayla Braffet leads the offensive attack for the Jacks with five goals, five assists, 70 shots and 34 shots on goal. Senior Kelsey Ferguson has recorded four goals, three assists, 47 shots and 17 shots on goal. Junior Christa Nyblom has four goals, one assist, 32 shots and 19 shots on goal. Sophomore Darci Miller has three assists on the season. Seniors Danielle Neuhalfen and Cori Bonte 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 made six saves in the 2-0 win at South Dakota and one save in the 1-0 win at UMKC. Donovan now has 11 wins, 11 shutouts and 59 saves this season.


The defense has now played 769 consecutive scoreless minutes; 740 coming in the first eight conference games. The Jacks have not surrendered a goal to a league opponent this season.


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




North Dakota State – The Jacks face the Bison for the 14th time in school history, the most of any opponent at any level. SDSU has held the advantage in recent years, winning three of five games dating back to 2007.


This season's game will serve as the regular season conference championship, as the winner will secure the No. 1 seed for the Summit League Tournament next weekend. If the game ends in a tie, NDSU holds the greater goal difference and would be the No. 1 seed for the tournament.


Last season, however, NDSU defeated the Jacks in the regular season and advanced past SDSU on penalty kicks in the conference tournament.


In the regular season game, the Bison beat SDSU 2-1 in Fargo, N.D.


The Jacks surrendered an early goal on a failed clearance. NDSU led 1-0 at halftime.


NDSU's defense held for most of the game, but in the 74th minute, Cori Bonte scored off a deflection from the top of the box, tying the game at 1-1.


The Bison responded, however, scoring 10 minutes later to beat SDSU 2-1.


In The Summit League Tournament game, NDSU advanced to the conference championship with a 4-3 penaly kicks advantage (tied 1-1, 2ot).


Current student assistant Kaitlin Justice scored midway through the first half to give the Jacks a 1-0 halftime lead.


NDSU responded by scoring midway through the second half off a rebounded shot.


In the shootout, the Bison took an early advantage and never relinquished the lead. Christa Nyblom recorded one of the three successful penalty kicks for SDSU.


Last weekend, NDSU tied UMKC 1-1 (2ot) in Kansas City, Mo., before beating South Dakota 1-0 in Vermillion, S.D.


*The first 200 students will receive free pizza courtesy of SDSU athletics

UMKC The South Dakota State women’s soccer team needed nearly all of regulation to find the goal, but find the goal it did, scoring in the 85th minute to beat UMKC…

Senior Kayla Braffet, who had not scored since the conference opener on Sept. 30, received a pass from senior Kelsey Ferguson and put it in the back of the net.

The Jacks held a significant statistical advantage, once again. SDSU outshot UMKC 15-4, including a 10-1 shots on goal advantage.

Junior Christa Nyblom and sophomore Darci Miller led the offensive attack with four shots and three shots, respectively. Each placed three shots on goal. Braffet and Ferguson took three shots and two shots on goal apiece.

Senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan made one save as the defense posted yet another shutout. The shutout is her 11th of the season, setting a SDSU and Summit League record for shutouts in a single season.

SDSU has held its opponents scoreless for 769 straight minutes; the last 740 coming in the first eight conference games.

The Jacks improved to 11-5-2 with the win. More importantly, SDSU is 7-0-1 in and tied for first place in The Summit League standings.


UMKC fell to 7-6-4, 5-1-1 in conference play, which puts the team in third place.

“We played a very good game today against a tough UMKC team,” head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. “I was proud of the girls for gaining our rhythm back in the second half and for their perseverance today. It sets up a pretty exciting matchup next Saturday.”


South Dakota The South Dakota State women’s soccer team scored an early goal and held on to beat South Dakota 2-0...

SDSU pushed into the Coyotes’ half of the field early, recording three shots (two on goal) in the first four minutes of the game.

The Jackrabbits’ pressure did not let up and paid off early.

In the 17th minute, junior Christa Nyblom scored her fourth goal of the season and gave the Jackrabbits a 1-0 lead.

The goal tied her for the team lead.

On the assist was Kayla Braffet, who is now tied for first in career assist scoring at SDSU with 18 career assists. SDSU graduate Kellyn Farrell set the original mark from 2005-08.

The Jacks were on the offensive the entire first half. SDSU outshot USD 11-6, including a 6-3 shots on goal advantage. Corner kicks were 3-2 in favor of the Coyotes.

The Jacks committed three fouls and was called offside twice in the first half. South Dakota was not called for a foul or flagged for offside in the first half.

Senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan made three saves in the first half.

The second half began the same way the first half had begun, as SDSU forced the Coyotes’ goalkeeper to make two saves early on.

Then, like clockwork, sophomore Abby Jurgens added an insurance goal for the Jacks 23 minutes into the second half.

Cori Bonte was credited with the assist.

The play gave Jurgens three goals on the season and Bonte two assists.

USD tried to climb back into the game, but the Jackrabbits’ defense was too strong, as was Donovan.

SDSU held USD statistical leader Teslow to a single shot.

The final score was 2-0 in favor of SDSU.

Donovan made six saves en route to her 10th save of the season, which tied her for the most saves in a single season in both Summit League history and SDSU history. SDSU graduate Nicole Lograsso set the original mark in 2008.

Braffet led the offensive attack for the Jacks with seven shots and four shots on goal.

"I give credit to USD for playing a good, hard fought game," head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "We were pretty dynamic in our attack, but a bit unfocused today. Having said that, it is great that we are finding ways to get important results in conference play."



Kayla Braffet


Career scoring - 4. 56 points

Shots attempted - T-2. 205 shots (needs 15 to become all-time leader)

Shots on goal - 2. 92 shots on goal (needs seven to become all-time leader)

Goals scored - T-4. 19 goals

Assists - T-1. 18 (needs one to become all-time leader)


Kelsey Ferguson


Career scoring - 33 points (needs three to make top-10)

Shots attempted - 8. 129 shots

Shots on goal - 9. 53 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 - 1. 11 shutouts (became the all-time leader on Oct. 23 at UMKC)



Shutouts - T-2. 11 shutouts

Victories in goal - T-3. 11 victories

Minutes played in goal - 5. 1,668 minutes


NEXT UP – The Jacks travel to Rochester, Mich., the site for this season's Summit League Tournament. The semifinals are set for Friday, Nov. 4, while the championship will be played on Sunday, Nov. 6.


SDSU and NDSU both clinched spots in the tournament last weekend. This weekend's game will determine the No. 1 seed.


Oakland is the host school for this season's tournament, as the Golden Grizzlies won the regular season title last season.


Seeds for the tournament will be announced following Sunday's Summit League action.


THE SUMMIT LEAGUE – Scheduling is favorable to both SDSU and NDSU this weekend, as the two teams play one game while the rest of the league plays two apiece.


The schedule is out of the ordinary, as there are two games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and three games on Saturday.


On Thursday, South Dakota visits Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah, at 3 p.m.

UMKC visits Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla., at 7 p.m.


On Friday, Oakland visits Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill., at 3 p.m.

IPFW visits IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind., at 7 p.m.


On Saturday, in addition to SDSU vs. NDSU, USD visits ORU at 1 p.m. and UMKC visits SUU at 2 p.m.


On Sunday, IPFW visits WIU at Noon and OU visits IUPUI at 1 p.m.

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