Jacks top USD

Leigha Dempsey

The Jackrabbits and the Coyotes have met once again. And it was no surprise that the ensuing game was intense.

SDSU women’s soccer faced the University of South Dakota on Oct. 21, at Fishback Soccer Park.

This would be the Jackrabbits’ last home game; therefore, it was senior day with seven seniors on the Jackrabbit team: Stéphanie Bérubé, Tina Ehrett, Courtney Higgins, Megan Huegli, Christa Nyblom, Hannah Phillips and Brittany Sipp.

The line up for the Jacks was different due to senior day. Ehrett took position as goalie instead of Elisa Stamatakis.

“It is her first full game as a Jackrabbit,” head coach Lang Wedemeyer said.

The Jacks appeared ready to play. Within the first minute and a half the Jacks had a close shot on goal. SDSU was playing a great in-your-face game with a constant back and forth battle.

SDSU teamwork seemed to be playing a major part in this game.

“We are all playing for each other now,” sophomore Diana Potterveld said.

With 33:05 left in the first half, each team only had one shot on goal. The Jacks had some nice offensive drives but were constantly shut down by the Coyotes.

With the first half winding down, both teams started becoming more aggressive.  With 15 minutes to play the Jacks had five shots on goal with the Coyotes at just one.

Ehrett had a spectacular save that had Jacks fans out of their seats. The save was made with 8 minutes and 55 seconds left to play.

By halftime, SDSU had six shots with USD at just four.

Within the first minute in the second half, SDSU had a nice attempt on the goal. The second half was more intense than the first as both teams were striving to get the goal and have the game go their way.

With fifteen minutes into the second half the Lady Jacks had nine shots with the Coyotes trailing behind at six.

With 18 minutes left, the game remained scoreless. With 28 seconds remaining Potterveld found a break: a goal for SDSU.

“Even if it took the entire game for us to score, we did what we could to get one in,” Potterveld said.

With this victory, the upcoming game on the road against Omaha will be crucial for the Jackrabbits to get into the playoffs.

“These girls never quit,” Wedemeyer said. “(We) have to win in Omaha or none of this matters.”

The Jacks play on the road against Omaha on Oct. 26.