Jackrabbits, Coyotes, both eliminated from Summit League soccer tournament

SDSU's Eden Brooker makes a move Thursday against Omaha in the Summit League tournament

South Dakota and South Dakota State both saw their soccer season end in the first round of the Summit League tournament on Thursday in Omaha.

The Jackrabbits, who entered the event unbeaten at 12-0-4 and the No. 2 seed, lost to Omaha 3-1 in penalty kicks after the teams could not score in regulation. The Jacks and Mavs also played to two scoreless ties in the regular season.

USD, the 4-seed, lost 2-0 to top-seeded Denver. The Pioneers (15-2-1) and Mavericks (8-4-5) will face off Saturday for the conference tournament crown and accompanying NCAA tournament berth.

Omaha made three-of-four penalty kicks to win the shootout. Eden Brooker hit the lone penalty shot for the Jacks. SDSU was credited with its 12th shutout of the season despite the defeat, and finished the year having allowed only five goals, a school record.

The Jacks had multiple scoring chances, with nine shots in the game, five on goal, including a shot off the crossboar by Reagan Anderson early in the second half. Taylor Lock had two saves in 90 minutes in goal, while Jocelyn Tanner made three stops in 65 minutes.

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USD’s loss marks the end of one of the Coyotes’ best seasons in Division I. They finish the year at 9-7-1, tying the most wins in a season for the program since moving up from Division II.

USD came into the game with 15 goals in the past four games, but Denver’s defense held the Coyotes to seven shots and only one shot on goal.  

Kaitlyn Glover and Sydney Sharp scored the goals for the Pioneers, both in the first half.

USD was making its second appearance all-time in the Summit League tournament. Of the Coyotes’ four seniors, Sunny Huettner will be the only one graduating and not returning for the Coyotes. Maddison Sullivan, Alexis Mitchell and Abby Ostrem will all take advantage of the NCAA’s extra year of eligibility.

This year’s Summit League soccer season was played in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will return to its regular calendar for the 2021 fall season.

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