Jacks lose to Coyotes in final minute


Photo from GoJacks.com

Photo from GoJacks.com

Jake Weber, Sports Reporter

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits lost their first Summit League game of the season on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Vermillion against the University of South Dakota.

The Coyotes scored the winning goal with only a minute and six seconds left to win 2-1, snapping the Jacks’ 10-game unbeaten streak.

“It was tough conditions to play,” said head coach Brock Thompson. “I’m really impressed and proud of our team and how they handled it. I thought our mentality from the opening whistle to the final whistle was very good.”

USD started the scoring in the 34th minute when they were awarded a free-kick after a yellow card was assessed to Adalaide Kline. USD sent the free-kick into the box where Jocelyn Tanner collided with a Coyote defender and the ball found its way into the back of the net.

At halftime, USD had a 1-0 lead.

Early in the second half, the Jacks tied the game when Cecilia Limongi scored her sixth goal of the season in the 47th minute on an assist from Avery Murdzek. It was Murdzek’s team-leading seventh assist this season.

The game remained scoreless until USD was awarded a corner kick and was able to net the go-ahead goal with just over a minute remaining. That proved to be the winning goal, as USD won the game despite the Jacks owning the possession battle 60% to 30%.

Maya Hansen registered five shots in the game but was held scoreless, and she saw her school record six-game scoring streak come to an end.

As a result of the loss, the Jackrabbits now sit in second place in the Summit League standings. USD sits one spot behind the Jacks after winning. The loss could also possibly prevent the Jacks from earning the top seed in the Summit League Soccer Championships.

“It certainly never feels great to lose, and it never feels great to lose late,” Thompson said. “But our program has always been about what’s next and how do we move forward.”

Up next, the Jackrabbits travel to Omaha, Nebraska Friday, Oct. 29 to take on the Mavericks, currently fourth in the Summit League standings before closing out their regular season on the road against Summit League-leading Denver Sunday, Oct. 31.

“We did a lot of really good things and we also have a lot of great lessons to learn as we head into the last couple weeks of some really important games,” Thompson said.

Looking ahead for SDSU

Friday, Oct. 29 

at 4 p.m.

Omaha, Nebraska

SDSU vs. Omaha

Sunday, Oct. 31

at 1 p.m.

Denver, Colorado

SDSU vs. Denver