SDSU rolls on with blowout home victory


The Jacks took care of IPFW on a blustry day behind the play of two sophomores.

SDSU enjoys playing at home, but they could probably do without the wind that whips through Brookings this time of year.

While wind was a factor in the match Sunday, a pair of super sophomores helped SDSU withstand both Mother Nature and IPFW to pick up a 3-0 Summit League win at Fishback Soccer Park.

Megan Kingston scored the first two goals of her career and Darci Miller had a goal and an assist each to help the Jacks move to 5-0-1 in Summit League play.

The Jacks would strike first when Kayla Braffet sent a low cross through the box to the waiting foot of Kingston, a transfer from Nebraska-Omaha, who easily tapped it in for a goal in the 22nd minute.

“Hopefully this is just the beginning of things to come for her,” SDSU head coach Lang Wedemeyer said of Kingston. “We knew she had these capabilities, which is why we moved her from midfield to forward.”

SDSU would find the goal for a second time in the 56th minute when Darci Miller was on the receiving end of a through ball from Christa Nyblom, which Miller slipped past IPFW goalkeeper Kristen McFadden, putting the Jacks up 2-0.

Kingston found the net for the second time in the 89th minute, when she fired a right-footed shot from the edge of the box that put the Jacks up by the final margin of 3-0, with Miller assisting.

“It felt really good. I’ve been learning a lot and Lang said to keep running to the ball so I focused on that today,” Kingston said.

With a breeze gusting up to 30 miles per hour from the northwest, it knocked down any ball that tried to hang in the air and affected the game from the start. SDSU generated its offense by working the through ball to its attackers and it led directly to two of the Jacks’ goals.

“The wind definitely makes a difference. It is harder to clear the ball out during a pressure situation and a lot of balls are under hit. It is so windy out so often at Fishback, we have become used to it,” Wedemeyer said.

It proved to be another banner day for the Jackrabbits defense, welcoming Steph Peterson back on to the field after missing time with an injury and goalkeeper Kat Donovan tallying her ninth shutout of the season.

In fact, eight of the Jacks’ nine wins this season have been shutouts and SDSU is in the midst of a 589 minute scoreless streak, dating back to when SDSU relinquished a late goal against North Dakota on Sept. 11. The Jackrabbits also did not give up a shot on goal in the two games over the weekend.

Three conference games remain, with the finale coming on Oct. 29 at home against rival and defending champion NDSU at home.

“We definitely clicked today and hopefully we can stay undefeated and win the conference,” Miller said.