Jacks Blast Bison To Win Regular Season Summit Soccer Crown

SDSU Earns Top Seed In Summit Tournament With 4-0 Win Over NDSU

BROOKINGS, S.D.  —  South Dakota State women’s soccer secured the Summit League’s regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in next week’s league tournament Sunday by dominating North Dakota State, 4-0, on Senior Day at Fishback Soccer Park.

The Jackrabbits (11-4-3, 7-0 Summit League) wrapped up the regular season with a perfect record in league play, posting their sixth consecutive shutout and ninth straight win.

Julia Lam, Leah Manuleleua and Nicole Hatcher scored goals for SDSU, while Hatcher and Annie Williams recorded assists in the game. The fourth Jackrabbit score came on an own-goal from NDSU.

Maggie Smither had one save in the game and played 79 minutes between the pipes, giving way to Taylor Lock with 11 minutes to go as the duo completed the shutout.

SDSU outshot the Bison, 16-5 on the day and controlled the momentum throughout, striking for two goals in the opening 14 minutes before tacking on another pair midway through the second.

Lam put the Jacks ahead 1-0 in the eighth minute with her first score of the season, burying a one-touch shot in the back of the net after Hatcher dribbled around a defender towards the near-post and found the foot of Lam inside the box with a low cross.

Six minutes later, Manuleleua stretched the advantage to 2-0 with her seventh goal of the 2017 campaign, intercepting a clearance from the keeper 10 yards out and finishing into the lower right corner.

Up two at the break, State continued its defensive stranglehold throughout the final 45 minutes, allowing just two Bison shots in the period while tacking on 10 more of their own, breaking through in the 63rd and 69th.

For the third time in two games, SDSU was helped by a defensive own-goal at 62:47. After taking possession deep into NDSU territory, Bianca Madonia hit a cross into the box that deflected off an NDSU defender and the keeper into the goal.

Ahead 3-0 at that point, South Dakota State added one more at 68:43 off a set piece. A Bison foul gave the Jacks a free kick from 40 yards out, and Williams sent a ball towards the net, finding the head of a charging Hatcher for the header score.

Head Coach Brock Thompson
On today’s win …

“I love this team. They compete and approach every day with so much heart and soul, regardless of what comes up. That’s what makes this team really special.”

On winning regular season title …
“It’s a tangible honor that is really nice for our team and our players just because they’ve bought in so much of what we like to do, and how we like to approach each day, each week and each game.”

On continuing success in first year as head coach for SDSU …
“It’s been a dream. Our seniors, they’ve really made my job easy and I’m grateful for their leadership. The legacy that they will leave will make its mark on the program for a long time.”

On Senior Day win …
“It means a lot, but in the same sense the seniors have meant so much to the program that regardless of how today went, it was just a great opportunity to celebrate them and honor who they are as people.”

Game Notes

  • South Dakota State claimed the program’s fifth regular season Summit League title. The Jacks also won it in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014. It is the third time SDSU has won the title outright.
  • The Jackrabbits are unbeaten in their last 11 contests, matchup the program’s record from 2008 and 2011.
  • Nicole Hatcher, Tori Poole, Julia Lam and Jennie Scislow were honored pregame as part of Senior Day celebrations.
  • Maggie Smither has not allowed a goal in over 555 minutes of game action. She gave up just one goal in Summit League play this season.

Up Next
The 2017 Summit League Championship begins Thursday in Fargo, North Dakota. The Jackrabbits will have a rematch with fourth-seeded North Dakota State in the opening round. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. from Dacotah Field. The early game is No. 2 seed Denver against No. 3 seed Oral Roberts at 11:30 a.m.
-Recap Courtesy SDSU Athletics

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