POCATELLO, Idaho – The South Dakota State women’s soccer team opened its weekend with a 2-0 victory over Idaho State on Thursday evening, using a pair of second-half goals to move past the Bengals.
The Jackrabbits, who finished the game with 18 shots and five shots on goal, improved to 5-4 with the win.
“It’s hard to win on the road and Idaho State made it very difficult for us,” SDSU coach Brock Thompson said. “I thought we lost our composure in the first half, but were able to regain it in the second half, which is a tremendous credit to our players.”
Maggie Smither recorded nine saves over a complete-game performance at goalkeeper, netting her fourth shutout of the season while facing 21 total shots from ISU.
Offensively, Karlee Manding led the way with a three-point showing, scoring the game-winner and first goal of the night off an assist from Leah Manueleleua. Manding also assisted on Bianca Madonia’s first career goal as the Schaumburg, Ill., native sealed SDSU’s victory late.
Annie Williams had a team-high four shots, putting two on goal. She and Alexa Hepner played all 90 minutes in the back row.
Manding is second in the Summit League with nine points (four goals, one assist). ... Smither’s nine saves were one shy of her career-high (10), set last year against Drake. ... Manuleleua tallied her 25th career point. ... Madonia became Jackrabbit No. 12 to record a point this season. Last year saw 13 SDSU student-athletes tally a point.
SDSU plays at Eastern Washington on Sunday at 3 p.m.
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