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Release: 09/06/2012 15:59:35
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GAME-06
Friday, Sept. 7, 2012
South Dakota State (1-3-1) at North Dakota (1-2-1)
Bronson Field (Grand Forks, N.D.)
4 p.m. (Time local to event location)
Series: SDSU leads 3-2-0
Live Stats and Live Audio

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The South Dakota State women's soccer team travels north to take on UND in its second stand-alone game of the season.

The Jacks enter Friday's game with a 1-3-1 overall record.

SDSU plays its second stand-alone weekend game after last Friday's loss to Drake. The Jacks tied the score early in the second half, but allowed a late goal to the Bulldogs in its home opener for a 2-1 loss.

Christa Nyblom, senior midfielder and team captain, played in all 20 games for South Dakota State (19 starts) in 2011 and is the top returner in goals (5), points (11), shots (36) and shots on goal (21). She also scored three game-winning goals, second-best on the team.

Stéphanie Bérubé, senior defender, played in 19 games for the Jacks (19 starts), scoring one goal on four shots. Aside from Nyblom, she is the only returning all-conference selection from 2011 (second team).

The Jacks return five starters and 12 additional letterwinners from the 2011 squad, while adding nine freshmen and one transfer student-athlete.  The Jacks graduated Summit League Offensive Player of the Year Kayla Braffet and four other all-conference selections: Cori Bonte (first team), Kat Donovan (first team), Kelli Herman (first team) and Kelsey Ferguson (second team).

Through five games, Darci Miller leads the Jackrabbits with two goals, one game-winning goal and four points. Diana Potterveld is second on the team with one goal on 11 shots and tied-for-second with two points. Megan Kingston also recorded two points on two assists.

By way of its regular season finish, SDSU hosts the four-team Summit League Championship on Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 in Brookings, S.D.

Head coach Lang Wedemeyer leads the Jackrabbits in his 13th season. Wedemeyer compiled a 112-88-26 record in his first 12 seasons.


PRESEASON POLL
The South Dakota State women's soccer team tabbed for second in the 2012 Summit League Women's Soccer Preseason Poll.

The Jacks received four of the nine first-place votes and finished with 59 total points, two points behind league-favorite Oakland. The vote consists of the league’s nine head coaches.

SDSU finished second in the preseason poll for the fourth straight season, tying North Dakota State for second entering 2011. This season, the Jacks are alone in second by 12 points, followed by Kansas City (47) and NDSU (46).


THIS WEEK

North Dakota – SDSU faces the Great West opponent for the sixth time in school history. By way of last season's win, the Jacks lead the all-time series 3-2-0. Prior to last season, the last meeting was in 2003, when both schools were members of the North Central Conference.

Last season, the Jackrabbits poured on the goals, scoring four second-half goals against North Dakota en route to a 5-1 win.

The majority of the first half was quiet for both teams, as neither team scored. SDSU registered seven shots in the first 41 minutes, but was unable to find the back of the net. In the 42nd minute, freshman Kristin Ford gave the Jackrabbits a 1-0 lead. Junior Megan Huegli secured the ball deep in North Dakota territory and crossed the ball to an open Ford.

The halftime score was 1-0 in favor of SDSU.

The Jacks did not wait long the pick up where they left off, scoring six minutes and 51 seconds into the second half. This score held for 27 minutes before UND scored and narrowed the margin to 2-1. SDSU was not about to let UND back into the game. The Jackrabbits scored three goals in a span of seven minutes and 12 seconds to put the game away.

Five different players scored for the Jackrabbits.

North Dakota enters the game with a 1-2-1 record. UND was off last weekend, but posted a 1-0-1 record the weekend prior. UND beat Minnesota, Crookston 4-0 on Friday and tied Summit League opponent South Dakota 4-4 (2 OT) on Sunday.

The two teams do not have a common opponent thus far this season.

Follow Friday's game via Live Stats and Live Audio.


LAST WEEK
Drake Bulldogs - SDSU surrendered a late goal and was unable to recover in its 2-1 home opener loss to Drake on Friday...

SDSU evened the game early in the second half, but surrendered a goal in the 75th minute and was unable to find the equalizer.

In the first half, the Bulldogs scored on a double assist to take the lead in the eighth minute. The second assist beat the goalkeeper and the Drake forward played the ball into an open net.

The remainder of the first half was scoreless.

SDSU attacked early and often to start the second half, and the pressure paid off.

Darci Miller controlled the ball after a scramble in the box and put it in the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Kingston played the corner kick to start the play.

The Jacks continued to attack, but failed to find another goal.

Over 20 minutes later, Drake took advantage of a counter attack. The Bulldogs scored as the forward dribbled the ball into the box and played it low and to the far post for a 2-1 lead.

SDSU led in shots (14-9), shots on goal (6-4) and corner kicks (7-4), but Drake made the most of its opportunities. Drake was whistled for four fouls and one offside. SDSU was whistled for seven fouls and no offside.

The Jacks fell to 1-3-1 on the season.

Drake improved to 3-2-0.


NEXT UP – The Jacks return home for its first Friday, Sunday homestand this season. SDSU hosts Iowa State on Friday, Sept. 14, before playing host to Northern Iowa on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Game times are set for 6 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

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