This past week, the SDSU women’s soccer team played a pair of games during their road trip to Texas against Lamar University on Aug. 30, and Sam Houston State University on Sept. 1, splitting the games with a 3-0 victory against the Cardinals and a 0-0 tie against the Bearkats.
With a victory against Lamar – the Jackrabbits’ first of the season – SDSU improved to 1-2. Three different Jacks were able to find the score column, while no member of the Cardinals’ squad was able to put points up. Stacey Guijarro put two shots on goal in the first 20 minutes of play, while Alyssa Brazil hit her second goal of the season to put the Jackrabbits in the lead, 1-0. SDSU kept up the quick pace as Darci Miller put her first goal of the season in the net to make the game 2-0, before Caylee Costello headed in the final goal of the game to seal the Jackrabbits’ victory at 3-0. Nicole Inskeep saved four goals during the duration of the contest.
Soccer head coach Lang Wedemeyer was pleased with the victory, saying he thought the team played well.
“We started the game fairly well,” Wedemeyer said. “It was good to be on the board in the first half for the first time … I think that made a big difference in us setting the tempo for the game.”
Wedemeyer was also pleased with the game being a shutout in the favor of SDSU.
“It was good.” Wedemeyer said. “(Nicole) did her part. But a lot of it was just certain organization stuff.”
With a tie against Sam Houston, SDSU stalled at 1-2-1. After 90 scoreless minutes, the teams went against one another in two overtimes before finishing with a score of 0-0.
“It was very disappointing to tie that game,” Wedemeyer said. “We had lots and lots of opportunities to win. Some of it was our inability to capitalize on opportunities and some of it was bad luck … It was just disappointing that we weren’t able to find a way to win that game.”
A big aspect to the game was the intense heat the team found while playing in Texas, which forced both teams to rotate players in and out throughout the contest.
“When you’re in such a close game it’s hard to pull out players from their positions for too long,” Wedemeyer said. “I think [Sam Houston] demonstrated that they were a little bit more used to playing in that type of heat.”
With earning their first victory of the season, but failing to get the second victory in the same weekend, Wedemeyer believes there is things the team needs to improve on before their next game, mainly that of finishing games better.
“We’ve given up opportunities in all of our games,” Wedemeyer said. “I think that if we find ways to score goals that we should be scoring on a more consistent basis … the team’s really going to come together.”
The Jackrabbit soccer team will return home to resume play on Sept. 6 at Fishback Soccer Park against Northern Illinois with the event set to begin at 3:00 p.m.