Road wins set up Summit title tilt

Sports Staff

After a pair of road wins, SDSU will play for the regular season championship against NDSU.

The SDSU women’s soccer team continued their undefeated conference play with wins against USD and the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

The Jacks have one more regular season game against NDSU with both teams being 7-0-1. The match will determine who gets the number one seed for the conference tournament.

Goalkeeper Kat Donovan recorded two shutouts this weekend, number 10 and 11 on the year, and bringing the team’s no-goals-allowed streak to 769 minutes, 740 of which coming in conference play. For Donovan’s weekend effort, she earned her second Summit League defensive player of the week honors.

SDSU cam out kicking early Friday evening against USD, recording two shots on goal within the first four minutes of the match. In the seventeenth minute midfielder Christa Nyblom struck first for the Jacks with an assist from forward Kayla Braffet to put the Jacks ahead 1-0. Braffet is now tied for the lead in all-time assists at SDSU with eighteen.

The Jacks maintained their attack in the second half, forcing the Coyotes to make two saves early on. Then in the 68th minute midfielder Abby Jurgens gave SDSU an insurance goal and put the Jacks up for good.

“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 we are finding ways to get important results in conference play.”

Sunday was a little bit of a different story as it took the Jacks until the 85th minute to get the ball in the net, but finally beating UMKC 1-0.

Braffet hadn’t scored since the conference opener on September 30th, but that changed when she received an assist from fellow senior forward Kelsey Ferguson and planted in the back of the net.

The Jacks held a statistical advantage on the attack once again as they out-shot UMKC 10-1 in shots on goal.

Kat Donovan had to make one save as she earned her eleventh shutout of the season, setting a SDSU and Summit League single-season record.

“We played a very good game today against a tough UMKC team. 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.” Wedemeyer said.

Long-time rival NDSU will visit Fishback Soccer Park Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. for the regular season Summit League title and top seed in the conference tournament.