Looking to rebound after a tough loss in the weekend opener, South Dakota State women's soccer responded with a shutout victory at North Dakota State on Sunday, taking down the Bison, 1-0.
SDSU (9-5-1, 4-1 Summit League) is now alone in first place in the conference standings, two points ahead of both NDSU (8-7-1, 3-2-1 Summit League) and Denver, which drew with the Bison earlier this weekend.
Tori Poole led the offense with two shots and one goal while four other Jackrabbits, Nicole Hatcher, Madison Yueill, Jennie Scislow and Annie Williams, had one shot apiece.
For the seventh time this season, SDSU's defense did not allow a goal and was paced by a back row of Lindsee Larson (who had an assist), Ashley Adams, McKenzie Wolf and Alex Hepner, who played all 90 minutes, along with goalkeepers Maggie Smither and Nicole Inskeep to keep NDSU off the board.
Smither came up with two saves on the day while facing three shots, and Inskeep had one with four shots faced.
"I am really proud of how we recovered from a tough loss to rebound for the win today," head coach Lang Wedemeyer said. "It's a tough place to play and the team rose to the challenge."
Poole took advantage of a fortunate deflection to score her early goal, as Larson's header came off the post into Poole's possesion and the SDSU midfielder scored her third goal in as many games at 5:22.
NDSU looked for an equalizer over the next four minutes with a pair of corner kick opportunities, but the Jackrabbit defense held SDSU's advantage and kept the momentum early on. The teams traded offensive threats through the rest of the first period and the Jacks took their one-goal advantage into the half.
Trailing 3-2 in the shot battle at half, SDSU kept the pressure on the Bison throughout the second half and matched the home team, 4-all, in shot attempts through the final 45. Two of those were shots on goal, as Nicole Hatcher fired a shot in the 69th and Madison Yueill had one of her own in the 81st, only to have goalkeeper Monica Polgar keep the Jacks from extending their lead.
South Dakota State wraps up the road portion of its 2016 schedule on Friday, Oct. 21 at Omaha before returning home for two games to close the regular season.
• South Dakota State has split halves with its goalkeepers for 13 straight games and holds an 8-3-1 record in those contests. For the year, Nicole Inskeep has started eight games and is 2-4 on the year while Maggie Smither has started six games and is 6-1-1.
• Tori Poole's goal at 5:22 was SDSU's fifth score in the opening 10 minutes of game action this season.
• The Jackrabbits scored first for the ninth time this season and is now 8-1 in games it scores first this season.