Women’s soccer claims first win over Creighton

Austin Hamm Sports Editor

Jacks maintain a winning record after weekend split


The Jackrabbit soccer team hit the road again this past weekend, dropping a 3-1 decision at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and notching a 1-0 win over the Creighton Blue Jays in Omaha.

At UMKC, the ‘Roos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes with goals from Emily Herndon and Alexis Howard. The lead stretched to 3-0 after Ryann Burnett netted a goal at the end of the first half.

SDSU played noticeably better in the second half, as senior Alyssa Brazil assisted on senior Dani Patterson’s first goal of the year. Shelby Raper would also record two shots on goal, but the Jacks would get no closer as their record fell back to .500. For the game, the ‘Roos out shot the Jacks 11-10.

“It was a tough night for the Jacks. I thought we played some of our best soccer of the season, but the difference was starting poorly and unfocused defensive mistakes that put us too far behind to catch up. We’ll learn from this…” said SDSU Head Coach Lang Wedemeyer to gojacks.com.

The team made their way back north after the loss to UMKC, but took a pit stop in Omaha to take on the Creighton Bluejays and their first-year Head Coach Ross Paule. The Jacks played an aggressive first half, notching 10 shots to Creighton’s two. They finally broke through with the go-ahead goal early in the second half, when sophomore Tori Poole found the net from 30 yards out for the only goal of the game as SDSU took a 1-0 lead. It was the Jacks first ever win against the Bluejays since the program was started in 2000. Wedemeyer, who has been the head coach of the Jacks since that inaugural season, was quick to acknowledge the importance of getting over the hump against the Bluejays.

“This was a historic win for us. Creighton has always been a very tough rival and we’ve had so many close games. It was so great to rebound from Friday and get a win today,” Wedemeyer said to gojacks.com.

Junior goalie Nicole Inskeep made three saves against the Bluejays as she secured her first shutout of the season. For the game, SDSU outshot Creighton 4-9.

The SDSU soccer team is now 3-2 on the season with five games remaining until Summit League play begins. They travel to the Marquette Invitational in Milwaukee, Wis. this weekend.  They are scheduled to face Loyola (Ill.) Friday at 3 p.m. and will face the hosting Marquette Golden Eagles on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. They will be back at home Friday, Sept. 18, against Northern Iowa at Fishback Soccer Park.