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Summit League showdown in Denver

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 10/28/2013 11:36:39
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The South Dakota State women’s soccer team is traveling to Denver, Colo. to face preseason favorite and unbeaten No. 14 Denver on Friday night. The Jackrabbits and Pioneers are the only unbeaten teams left in The Summit League. With the only two games left in conference play for each team, the winner is assured at least a share of the regular season title.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. (CDT) at CIBER Field.

RECORDS

DENVER 14-1-1
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 10-3-2

THE PIONEERS

Denver is the only other team in The Summit League that has not lost a conference game. They have outscored their conference opponents 19-0.

The only loss of the year for Denver came at the hands of Nebraska by a final score of 2-1.

Kirsten Hamilton is leading The Summit League in assists (11), goals (10) and points (31). Cassidy Rey has only allowed six goals in 16 games this year; she also has a GAA of .46. Both marks are among the best in the conference.

THE JACKRABBITS

The Jacks are 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 2008. In 2008, SDSU won both the regular and postseason titles. They ended up defeating No. 15 Colorado 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA College Cup.

Alyssa Brazil  has the team lead in goals with five. She is tied with Diana Potterveld and Madison Yueill in assists (two) for the team lead.

Nicole Inskeep and the Jackrabbit defense are up for a big task in shutting down the Pioneers’ offense. SDSU has posted 10 shutouts on the year and they have not allowed a goal since Sept. 22 in a 6-1 over North Dakota.

The majority of the Jackrabbits’ offense has come in the second half of games. They are outshooting their opponents 113-56 and outscoring them 13-2 in the second half of games.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH                                                          

The lone win for the Jackrabbits against top-25 foe came against No. 15 Colorado in 2008. The Jackrabbits defeated the Buffaloes 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA College Cup.

PLAYOFFS, YOU TALKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS

After missing the Summit League playoffs last year, the Jackrabbits have clinched a berth in this year’s tournament. SDSU has made the tournament in five of the past six seasons.  

DEFENSIVE PRAISE

Inskeep, Katie McNeary and Dani Patterson have combined for four Summit League Defensive Player of the Week awards (Inskeep has two).

FIVE GOALS, FIVE WINS

The Jacks have won all five Summit League games by a combined score of 5-0.

BALANCED ATTACK

Eleven different Jackrabbits have scored at least one goal this year. Seven players have recorded a game-winning goal for the Jackrabbits.

THE RABBIT IN CHARGE

After the first 15 games of the season, head coach Lang Wedemeyer has a career record of 128-100-30.

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Eight Jackrabbits have started all 15 games this year.

ON A ROLL

Since starting 0-2-0 on the season, the Jackrabbits have compiled a record of 10-1-2 in their last 13 games.

HOME COOKING ON THE ROAD

The Jackrabbits have a record of 5-0-1 away from Brookings.

HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG

GoJacks.com will provide live stats for the game via the Denver Pioneers. The live stats tab can be found under the Multimedia tab on GoJacks.com. The official Twitter of South Dakota State women’s soccer (@SDStateSoccer) tweets live in-game updates to their followers.

UP NEXT

The Jackrabbits return home for senior day against Fort Wayne on Nov. 3. Game time is set for Noon at Fishback Soccer Park.

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