Soccer claims 2019 Summit League Title

BROOKINGS, S.D. (GoJacks.com) — South Dakota State women’s soccer is heading back to the NCAA Tournament, advancing 4-2 on penalty kicks over Denver to claim the 2019 Summit League Championship, presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare title.

A 1-1 tie extended through regulation and a pair of golden-goal overtimes, setting the stage for penalty kicks at Fishback Soccer Park. After two makes and a miss from both teams, Maggie Smither came up big with a save on Denver’s fourth attempt. Eden Brooker sealed the game from there, burying her effort into the back of the net.

Leah Manuleleua scored SDSU’s lone goal and led the team with a pair of shots, while Maya Hansen added an assist.

Maggie Smither had four saves and earned tournament MVP honors for her efforts.

Smither was joined by Shayna Stubbs, Carina McLennan and Darien Poelstra on the all-tournament team.

The 2019 NCAA Division I women’s soccer championship bracket will be announced Monday at 3:30 p.m. The bracket will be revealed in a selection show available on NCAA.com.