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Jacks make bid for trip to College Cup...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/01/2011 10:15:26

The South Dakota State women's soccer team begins its bid for a trip to the College Cup on Friday, Nov. 4, in The Summit League Tournament...

The South Dakota State women’s soccer team travels to Rochester, Mich., for The Summit League Tournament. The Jackrabbits are the No. 1 seed and play the No. 4 seed Oakland in the first round. Game time is set for 6 p.m. ET.

SDSU enters the game after posting a 12-5-2 overall record, 8-0-1 in The Summit League regular season. The Jacks finished first in the league standings.

The Jacks have put together a streak of ten straight games without a loss, which began with the last non-conference game. SDSU beat North Dakota State 3-1 in Brookings, S.D., last weekend, to win the regular season conference title.

Senior Kayla Braffet leads the offensive attack for the Jacks with five goals, five assists, 72 shots and 35 shots on goal. Senior Kelsey Ferguson has recorded six goals, three assists, 50 shots and 19 shots on goal. Junior Christa Nyblom has five goals, one assist, 35 shots and 21 shots on goal. Sophomores Darci Miller and Megan Kingston have recorded four and three assists, respectively. Seniors Cori Bonte, Danielle Neuhalfen and junior Megan Huegli have recorded 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.

Senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan has 12 wins, 11 shutouts and 67 saves this season.

The NDSU goal ended a consecutive shutout minutes streak of 832:23 for the defense and Donovan, the 12th longest streak in NCAA history.

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

No. 4 Oakland – The Jackrabbits face the Golden Grizzlies for the seventh time in school
history. Oakland holds a 3-2-1 series lead over SDSU and has now won or tied the last four regular season games against the Jacks.

SDSU, however, won the only Summit League Tournament meeting between the two schools with a 1-0 decision in 2008 at a neutral site (Macomb, Ill.). Braffet was credited with the assist on the goal.

Oakland provided SDSU with its only blemish on an otherwise perfect season, as the two teams tied 0-0 (2ot) in Brookings, S.D., three weeks ago...

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.

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

No. 2 North Dakota State - The South Dakota State women’s soccer team was in control of its own destiny and took advantage of it, beating North Dakota State 3-1...

The Jacks faced the Bison for the 14th time in school history, the most of any opponent at any level. The all-time series is now tied at 6-6-2. SDSU has won four of the last six games dating back to 2007.

On senior night, senior Kelsey Ferguson played big. Ferguson put the Jacks on top midway through the first half. Sophomore Megan Kingston recorded the assist on spectacular move, splitting two defenders and finding Ferguson wide open in front of the net.

Determined to avoid a repeat of last year’s regular season contest, Ferguson stepped up once again. Only three minutes and 49 seconds into the second half, Ferguson scored from outside the top of the box. Kingston and sophomore Darci Miller were each credited with an assist after a drop pass and center.

North Dakota State narrowed the margin in the 63rd minute on a loose ball that was controlled in the SDSU box.

The determination of the Jacks was evident, however, as the team responded 14 minutes later. Junior Christa Nyblom made an incredible shot, chipping a crossed ball over the goalkeeper to the far post. The cross came from sophomore Abby Jurgens, who received a deep ball from senior Steph Peterson. Both were credited with an assist.

The second two-goal lead was too much for the Bison to overcome, as the game ended with a 3-1 score in favor of SDSU.

NDSU outshot the Jacks 15-13, including a 9-5 shots on goal advantage. SDSU was whistled for 10 fouls to the Bison’s four, while both teams were called offside twice.

No. 3 UMKC - The Jackrabbits faced the Kangaroos for the third time in school history, the fewest of any conference opponent. SDSU has now won all three games played against 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.

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 was her 11th of the season, setting a SDSU and Summit League record for shutouts in a single season.

SDSU Leaderboard Update - Three players are making their way up the leaderboards at South Dakota State.

Senior forward Kayla Braffet is fourth in career scoring (56 points), second in shots
attempted (207), second in shots on goal (93), tied for fourth in goals scored (19) and tied for first in assist scoring (18).

Senior forward Kelsey Ferguson is 10th in career scoring (37 points), eighth in shots attempted (132), tied for seventh in shots on goal (55) and first in game-winning goals (10).

Senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan is fifth in minutes played in goal (1,758), third in
victories in goal (12), tied for second in career shutouts (11) and first in season shutouts (11).

The championship page can be found on The Summit League website.

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