Scoring stalemate leaves SDSU with tie

Max Kennedy

Creating offensive chances wasn’t an issue but the Jacks failed to find the netting.

Finishing scoring chances has been an issue for the SDSU soccer team all season. Last Friday wasn’t any different as the Jacks tied 0-0 with Oakland after two overtime periods.

“We played fairly well for most of the game, it was a little bit of chess match because they were playing with five defenders and really trying to stagnate our attack and for a good portion of the game it worked,” head coach Lang Wedemeyer said.

Even with Oakland using a minimum of five defenders at all times, SDSU had plenty of chances, firing 17 shots. SDSU’s defense had another solid game as they didn’t allow any of Oakland’s five shots to be on goal, making the match relatively easy for senior goalkeeper Kat Donovan.

SDSU’s closest chances to score came when they had two shots bounce off the crossbar. One occurred in the 84th minute when senior Kayla Braffet booted a shot from just outside the box. The ball looked good to put the Jacks ahead but bounced off the crossbar and dropped straight down before being cleared by an Oakland defender. The other near-miss attempt came in the second overtime as sophomore Caylee Costello had her shot attempt hit the crossbar and bounce away harmlessly.

Seniors Kelsey Ferguson and Braffet led the Jacks’ attack with four shots each and Christa Nyblom took three shots, all of which were on goal.

“We created plenty of opportunities to score a few goals, but it was the same story as the rest of the season; a little unlucky or a good goalkeeping save or just missing an opportunity. Oakland is a good team, but we are a bit disappointed with the tie,” Wedemeyer said.

The only yellow card issued was given in the sixth minute to Oakland’s head coach Nick O’Shea after an exchange with the referee.