Championship hope still alive for Jacks

Justin Harned

Entering the weekend, the Jackrabbits (3-9-2) opened their final home weekend game against the Kansas City Kangaroos (5-7-4) in the Coaches vs. Cancer Pink Game on Friday night. The Jackrabbits were wearing pink jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness.

With only two regular season games left, the Jacks need to win out for any hope of a Summit League Championship appearance, which happens to be in Brookings this year.

It was a frigid night as the field was spongy from rain in the Brookings area, which it had received on Thursday.

Diana Potterveld led the team in shots taken with four. With a pretty even first half, the two teams were tied in shot attempts at seven apiece, but the Jackrabbits prevailed as they led the Kangaroos in shot attempts by game’s end (17-12).

In the 13th minute, Darci Miller had a low shot at the Kangaroos’ goalie Nina Tzianos for a one-on-one, but Tzianos snatched it for a save.

Other than Potterveld, Megan Kingston, Stacy Guijarro and Miller tied for second on the team with three shots apiece.

With the score notched at zero, in the 75th minute Potterveld scored her fourth goal of the season on a ball controlled in the box and put through an unmarked forward. Miller provided the assist.

The Jackrabbits sparked an energy boost from Potterveld’s late goal, which ultimately led to a Jacks’ victory.

“We were talking about having each other’s backs and always being there with the wet field and everything,” Potterveld said. “Everyone was behind each other, and everyone had faith in each other.”

“It’s pretty much standard for the whole season, these are the same games we have been playing all year long where we have been often times the better team or at least creating dangerous chances, and we don’t finish,” head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. “To come out of this with a 1-0 win is great.”

The Jackrabbits held on for the victory with momentum clearly on their side as they push to make the postseason.