Jackrabbits host Bison in border battle
The South Dakota State women’s soccer team is playing host to rival North Dakota State on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at Fishback Soccer Park. The Jackrabbits can clinch a berth in The Summit League Postseason Tournament this weekend.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE 7-7-0
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 9-3-2
NORTH DAKOTA STATE
The Bison are heading to Brookings following two overtime wins last weekend; NDSU beat Omaha 2-1 and South Dakota 1-0.
The North Dakota State offense is being run through Anisha Kinnarath and Lauren Miller. Kinnarath and Miller have combined for 31 points this year, which ranks third in The Summit League (min. 10 points per player).
Kinnarath (two) and Miller (three) have all five goals in conference play for the Bison.
Sierra Bonham has made 76 saves on the year, but has conceded 21 goals. Bonham currently has a record of 6-6-0.
In conference games, NDSU has outscored their competition by a score of 5-2.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
The Jackrabbits are currently riding a five game winning streak. They beat South Dakota and Omaha each by a score of 1-0 last weekend at home.
The SDSU defense has been lights out as they have only allowed eight goals on 119 shot attempts. SDSU is outshooting Summit League opponents 53-32.
Nicole Inskeep and the Jackrabbit defense have tallied nine shutouts in 14 games this year. Inskeep has a Goals Allowed Average (GAA) of .55. Inskeep’s GAA of .55 ranks second in The Summit League only to Cassidy Rey of Denver (.54).
While the SDSU defense is locking down opponents, the SDSU offense is finding different goal-scorers every game. The Jackrabbits have seven different players with at least one game-winning goal.
SDSU can clinch a berth in The Summit League Postseason Tournament via a win or tie against NDSU on Saturday. The Jackrabbits can also clinch with a Western Illinois loss against Fort Wayne on Sunday.
NDSU owns the all-time series 7-6-2, last year NDSU beat SDSU 2-1 in 2OT in Fargo, N.D.
Inskeep, Katie McNeary and Dani Patterson have combined for four Summit League Defensive Player of the Week awards (Inskeep has two).
FOUR GOALS, FOUR WINS
The Jacks have won all four Summit League games by a combined score of 4-0.
SECOND HALF SURGE
The Jackrabbits are outshooting (107-50) and outscoring (12-2) their opponents in the second half of games this year.
Eleven different Jackrabbits have scored at least one goal this year.
THE RABBIT IN CHARGE
After the first 14 games of the season, head coach Lang Wedemeyer has a career record of 127-100-30.
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
Eight Jackrabbits have started all 14 games this year.
TIC-TAC-TOE, THREE IN A ROW
SDSU has had two three-game winning streaks in 2013.
ON A ROLL
Since starting 0-2-0 on the season, the Jackrabbits have compiled a record of 9-1-2 in their last 12 games.
HOME COOKING ON THE ROAD
The Jackrabbits have a record of 5-0-1 away from Brookings.
HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG
South Dakota State has live video feed of the North Dakota State game available for purchase via GoJacks.com. SDSU will also be providing live stats free of charge for the contest, both live stats and the video feed can found under the Multimedia header on GoJacks.com. The official Twitter of South Dakota State women’s soccer (@SDStateSoccer) tweets live in-game updates to their followers.
The Jackrabbits travel to Denver, Colo. to take the field against No. 16 Denver. Game time is set for 7 p.m. (CST).