College women's soccer: Jackrabbits drop one-goal contest to Blue Jays

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OMAHA, Neb. — A late first half goal proved to be the difference as South Dakota State fell to Creighton, 1-0, in the Jackrabbits’ final non-conference match of the season at the Bluejays’ Morrison Stadium on Friday.

South Dakota State’s Reagan Anderson had the first shot on goal of the contest in the 10th minute. The next 34 minutes didn’t see either squad put together a shot at a goalkeeper as the two sides played a fairly even possession battle.

The final minute of the half ended up providing the game-winning goal. Creighton’s Abigail Santana sent a pass into the box that found teammate Shani Sirota. The Bluejay knocked a header in past SDSU goalkeeper Jocelyn Tanner to give the home side a 1-0 advantage.

Creighton nearly took a 2-0 edge in the 47th minute, but a breakaway opportunity saw the Bluejays’ Maddie Radke hit a shot wide with a defender tailing her. Two minutes later saw SDSU’s Kaycee Manding strike a shot off target, followed a minute later by another Bluejay shot, this time saved by Tanner.

The next 40 minutes featured a back-and-forth affair. The Jackrabbits’ last opportunity came in the 90th minute as SDSU had both a free kick outside the box as well as a corner kick chance. The Jacks were unable to take advantage as the Bluejays kept the visitors off the scoreboard late.