South Dakota State women's soccer saw its season come to an end Thursday in the Summit League Championship semifinals, falling 3-1 to fourth-seeded Omaha as a second-half comeback fell short.
The Jackrabbits finish the season at 12-6-1 and say goodbye to six seniors: Bianca Madonia, Annie Williams, Kyli Nelson, Madison Chapman, Kelsi Wipf and Hannah Evans. SDSU shared the 2018 regular season title and will host the Summit League Women's Soccer Championship once again in 2019.
Never easy when the end comes. Love our seniors. Love our team. Proud of what's been built and excited for what's to come.#RabbitsFutbol pic.twitter.com/F2ZtAwawxh
- Jackrabbit Soccer (@GoJacksSoccer) November 1, 2018
SDSU led the Mavericks in shots (18-6) and shots on goal (5-3) but were hurt by an Omaha offense that featured a hat trick from Bailey Cascio.
"Credit Omaha, as they caught us on two great counter attacks," head coach Brock Thompson said. "I'm really proud of the way we played, particularly in the second half. We just weren't able to find the second goal.
"Love our players and thankful for the dedication and commitment they have to Jackrabbit soccer and each other."
Carina McLennan netted a goal for the Jackrabbits in the contest and was assisted by Leah Manuleleua, who led all players with five shots. Williams added four attempts and McLennan finished the game with three shots.
Omaha built a two-goal advantage early behind a pair of Cascio scores, capitalizing on counter attacks in the 11th and 31st minutes.
Down 2-0 at the break, State stormed out of the locker room looking to answer back and cut the deficit to one in the 51st off the foot of McLennan. After receiving a ball deep in the box, Manuleleua's effort was deflect by Omaha's keeper into the feet of McLennan, who finished for the one-touch score.
South Dakota State kept up the pressure the rest of the way, outshooting Omaha 14-1 in the final 45 minutes with a blitzing offensive attack, but could not come up with the equalizer before the Mavericks added an insurance goal in the 90th to secure the win.