Thompson’s Jacks Falls in Summit League Tourney

Thompson's Jacks Falls in Summit League Tourney

FARGO, N.D. – Top-seeded South Dakota State women’s soccer saw its Summit League Championship run come to an end in the semifinals Thursday, falling 2-0 to No. 4 seed North Dakota State at Dacotah Field.

SDSU (11-5-3) outshot the Bison, 17-5, but NDSU capitalizeed on a pair of chances midway through both halves to claim the win.

Leah Manuleleua led all players with five shots, while Kyli Nelson, Tori Poole, Darien Poelstra and Julia Lam each had two.

Maggie Scislow played all 90 minutes in goal.

The Jackrabbits fired out of the gate with six attacks in the opening 20 minutes, but couldn’t break through the defense before falling behind midway through the period. NDSU took the lead behind a header goal after taking possession on a counter attack.

The SDSU defense cleared the initial effort, but after a throw-in the Bison hit a cross from the near-corner to the middle of the box, where Malley O’Brien finished the play at 26:50.

The Jacks came close to an equalizer two times the rest of the half, but were stopped short both times. Darien Poelstra had a header that was saved by NDSU’s Monica Polgar in the 35th, and with less than five minutes to go in the half Lam took a through ball into the box, and though she put a shot on goal Polgar got just enough of a hand on it to let it roll inches left of the post.

South Dakota State opened the second half with similar aggressiveness, but fell behind two in 71st after another Bison score, this time from Britney Monteon.

Over the final 19 minutes of regulation, the Jackrabbits looked to trim the deficit but were unable to extend the action as the season came to a close.

Game Notes

  • SDSU is 6-4-4 all-time in The Summit League Championships. The Jacks are 2-3-1 all-time as the No. 1 seed.
  • Prior to NDSU’s goal in the 27th minute, the Jacks had not allowed a goal in over 624 minutes of game action.
  • State finishes the season with the fourth-most wins in school history
  • The Jackrabbits earned seven All-Summit League nods last night, including Defensive Player of the Year (Annie Williams), Goalkeeper of the Year (Maggie Smither) and Coach of the Year (Brock Thompson).

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