Women’s soccer wins back-to-back


Joclyn Haven

Laney Murdzek tries to maneuver around UND’s Allison Rapaduski.

Jake Weber, Sports Reporter

The SDSU women’s soccer team defeated North Dakota State and University of North Dakota at Fishback Park this past weekend.

The Jackrabbits posted back-to-back shutouts this weekend to set a program record for home wins in a season with nine.

In their first matchup Friday, the Jacks defeated the Bison in a convincing 3-0 win.

SDSU showed its dominance by holding 63% possession and outshooting the Bison 16-3.

The goal scorers for the Jacks against NDSU were Cecilia Limongi, Marisa Schulz and Maya Hansen. Hansen continued her excellent season by scoring her 12th goal of the season. However, she remains humble and attributes her success to the strong team behind her.

“I think our goals are really an effort of our whole team,” Hansen said. “It really starts from our goalie and backline and goes as far as the bench.” 

Limongi scored her fifth goal of the season, and Schulz scored her second.

The victory now marks four games in a row that the Jacks have beaten NDSU.

But it did come with a cost, as senior midfielder Eden Brooker went down with a knee injury in the first half after a hard challenge. Coach Brock Thompson remains positive about his team’s ability to respond.

“The thing I love about this team is they just tend to rally around their teammates,” Thompson said. “And I’m sure that they will do that.” 

The Jackrabbits then hosted the UND Fighting Hawks Sunday.

SDSU continued their strong performance from Friday and grabbed a 2-0 victory over UND. Similarly, to their win against NDSU, the Jacks held most of the possession, having the ball for 59% of the game. They also outshot the Fighting Hawks 17-3.

Both of SDSU’s goals came within two minutes of each other.

Maya Hansen scored her 13th goal of the season. She set a program-record in the game for extending her streak of games with a goal to six. Hansen is still the Summit League’s leading scorer and is also top ten in the nation in goals.

SDSU’s next goal came a few moments later when freshman Teani Arakawa again played a ball that was finished this time by fellow freshman Avery Murdzek. This was Murdzek’s fifth goal of the year, while Arakawa recorded her second assist.

The second half went without any significant events as the Jackrabbits went on to a record-setting ninth home win of the year. The Jacks also set a program record for corner kicks in a season on Friday. They finished the weekend with the record of 122 corner kicks so far this season.

Both games were also noticeably chippy as both of SDSU’s opponents both had double-digit fouls called on them. They combined for 26 fouls, while the Jacks only committed 14. Three yellow cards were issued this weekend as well, with NDSU receiving two cards and UND receiving one.

SDSU currently sits at the top of the Summit League standings as they get ready for a three-game road trip to finish their regular season. They play USD in Vermillion Sunday, Oct. 24. Then they travel to Nebraska to play Omaha Friday, Oct. 29. They end their season in Colorado as they play Denver Sunday, Oct. 31. Denver currently sits second in the Summit League behind the Jacks.