Jackrabbits Claim #SummitWSOC Championship in Penalty Kicks

SDSU claimed its fourth #SummitWSOC Championship overall and second in the past four years.
SDSU claimed its fourth #SummitWSOC Championship overall and second in the past four years.

2019 Women's Soccer Championship Page | Photo Gallery | Video: Highlights
Video: Head Coach Brock Thompson | Video: Championship MVP Maggie Smither

The Basics

Score: No. 2 South Dakota State 1, No.1 Denver 1 (SDSU wins PK's, 4-2)
Records: South Dakota State (15-4-2); Denver (12-4-4)
Location: Fishback Soccer Complex

BROOKINGS, S.D. –  The No. 2 seed South Dakota State Jackrabbits won its first #SummitWSOC Tournament Championship, presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare, since 2016 as they defeated No. 1 seed Denver 4-2 in a shootout. With the victory, SDSU receives the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Denver started the scoring at the 36-minute mark when forward Macee Barlow fed a pass to senior forward Hannah Adler, who finished her shot inside the near post. The goal for Adler was her fifth of the season and the 25th of her Pioneer career, while Barlow recorded her third-career assist.

The Jackrabbits (15-4-2) answered at the 58th-minute as Offensive Player of the Year Leah Manuleleua netted the equalizer after a low cross from Freshman of the Year Maya Hansen into the box to tie up the match.

After two overtime periods, the 2019 Summit League Champion would be decided by a shootout.

With the penalty kicks at 2-2, Manuleleua gave the Jackrabbits a 3-2 edge as she sent her attempt to the bottom left corner. The following DU kick was knocked away by Smither, leaving it up to Eden Brooker to seal the match.

With the deciding shot at hand, Brooker put her shot past Brittany Wilson and gave the Jackrabbits their first berth in the NCAA Tournament in three years.

The loss ended the Pioneers' season and snapped their eight-game win streak.

The Jackrabbits will find out their NCAA Tournament destination on Monday following the Selection Show slated for a 3:30 p.m. CT start.

Turning point

  • After keeping the hard-pressing Jackrabbits off the scoreboard for the opening 56 minutes, Denver finally surrendered one when SDSU senior Leah Manuleleua netted the equalizer after a low cross from Maya Hansen in the box to tie up the match.


Inside the box score

  • South Dakota State goalkeeper Maggie Smither came up with four saves and made the Jackrabbits' first penalty kick goal
  • The Jackrabbits will ride a two-match winning streak into the NCAA Tournament  

News & Notes

  • This was the first #SummitWSOC Championship match to go to overtime since the 2016 season when SDSU won both of its matches en route to the title via penalty kicks
  • South Dakota State victory gave the Jackrabbits their fifth Summit League tournament titles in program history
  • This is the third-straight year a No. 2 seed won the tournament title


2019 All-Tournament Team

Brooklyn Eardley, Oral Roberts

Karleen Yapello, North Dakota

Anna Gornell, Oral Roberts

Olivia Knox, North Dakota

Sami Feller, Denver

Carina McLennan, South Dakota State

Cheyenne Shorts, Denver

Maggie Smither, South Dakota State (Tournament MVP)

Shayna Stubbs, South Dakota State

Brittney Lewis, Denver

Darien Poelstra, South Dakota State

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