Soccer team has record-setting year

Travis Kriens

Travis Kriens

The SDSU women’s soccer team ended their historic season with a loss to nationally ranked Minnesota (St. Paul) on Nov. 16 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Jacks, 15-5-1, became the first team in school history to win a game in the NCAA tournament when they knocked off Colorado on Nov. 14. The Jacks won 1-0 on a Kellyn Farrell goal 13:29 into the first half.

In only their second year in the Summit League and first year of eligibility for NCAA tournament play, the Jacks finished in a three-way first-place tie in the conference after posting a 7-1 record during the regular season. The Jacks avenged their only loss by defeating number one seed Oakland in the Summit League Finals, 1-0.

After starting the season 2-3, the Jacks defeated Iowa State at Fishback Soccer Park 2-1 in two overtimes to begin a school record streak of 10 wins in a row. The 15 wins on the season is an all-time record for the program that dates back to 2000.

Senior Kerstyn Farrell was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Summit League, following teammate Kelly Larson who won the award last season.

Eight Jackrabbits made their way onto the All-Summit League Team, more than any other school.

Senior goalkeeper Nicole Lograsso, Erin Kasmarik and both Farrells made the All-Summit League First Team; seniors Kelly Larson and Chelsea Goosen were second team recipients.

Freshmen Kelsey Ferguson and Stephanie Peterson earned spots on the All-Newcomer Team.

Lograsso also set numerous school records, including career shutouts (20), wins in a career (30), minutes played in goal (5,058) and saves (269). She ranks in the top two in all career goaltending categories.

On the offensive side, Kellyn Farrell wrapped up her career fourth on the all-time points list at SDSU with 54, followed by Erin Kasmarik at fifth with 39 points.

Ferguson’s 12 points already have her tied for 16th all-time in school history as she enters her sophomore season in 2009.