SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Two of the four spots for the 2019 Summit League Women's Soccer Championship, presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare were secured going into the final week of regular season play, but the fight for last two spots came down to the final day of the regular season. Denver secured the top seed in the championships, as the Pioneers recorded a 7-0-1 league record with 22 points, which were the most Denver has earned in Summit League play in program history.
Joining the Pioneers in Brookings will be No. 2 seed and host South Dakota State, who tallied a 6-1-1 league mark. Oral Roberts will be the No. 3 seed and North Dakota will be the No. 4 seed. The Golden Eagles (3-2-3), who missed last season's league championships, will be making their first trip since being the third seed at the 2017 league championships. The Fighting Hawks (4-4) are making their first tournament appearance since joining the league in 2018.
Oral Roberts needed a win in its regular-season finale at Purdue Fort Wayne and an NDSU loss at Denver to secure the third seed. The Pioneers did their part by posting a 1-0 victory over the Bison. The Golden Eagles own the head-to-head tiebreaker against UND with their 1-0 overtime win on Oct. 17.
Semifinals | Thursday, Nov. 7
(4) North Dakota vs. (1) Denver | 3 p.m. CT
(3) Oral Roberts vs. (2) South Dakota State | 6 p.m. CT
Final | Saturday, Nov. 9 |
Semifinal winners | 12 p.m. CT
All three Summit League Championship matches from Brookings will be streamed free of charge on The Summit League's official website:
John Hiatt will provide the play-by-play, while Mekonnen Afa will serve as the color analyst.
Around The League
• Two of the final spots for the 2019 Summit League Championships presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare were up for grabs on the final day of regular season play.
• Oral Roberts recorded a 2-0 win over Purdue Fort Wayne to secure a spot in the tournament, earning the No. 3 seed, while North Dakota State's 1-0 loss to Denver earned North Dakota the No. 4 seed.
• Denver captured the outright regular-season title with its 1-0 win over the Bison. The Pioneers started the day tied with South Dakota State at 19 points, but the win earned them the No. 1 seed while the host Jackrabbits will be the No. 2 seed.
• The Fighting Hawks are making their first postseason tournament appearance since joining the league in 2018.
• South Dakota State faced Denver in the Mile High City, matching the Pioneers step-for-step for a majority of the contest, but a late penalty kick provided separation for the home team.
• It was the first time since 2013 that the Pioneers earned the top seed, as they ended the season on a seven-match winning streak and a 10-match unbeaten streak.
• The Golden Eagles' Jordan Langebartels has a #SummitWSOC-high seven league goals as the forward recorded back-to-back, multi-goal performances against South Dakota and Purdue Fort Wayne, earning her the Summit League Offensive Player of the Week.
• ORU led all Summit League teams with 34 combined goals, 33 assists and 101 points.
• Redshirt senior Mary DeWalt scored the lone goal for the Pioneers in the 70th-minute. The outside back also led a Denver defense that held the Bison and Coyotes to a combined three shots on goal, earning her the #SummitWSOC Defensive Player of the Week.
• Denver's Sami Feller led the charge with six goals and recorded a team-high tying 14 points with Natalie Beckman.
• North Dakota State finished one point behind the Fighting Hawks (4-4) to finish fifth in the final league standings at 3-3-2 (11 points).
• South Dakota defeated Western Illinois, 2-0, on Sunday and with the win, the Coyotes secured back-to-back eight-win seasons for the first time since 2014-15.
• Additionally, South Dakota's three #SummitWSOC defeats are tied for their fewest since joining the league in 2011 alongside the 2015 campaign.
Noting The Qualifiers
(1) Denver Pioneers
• DU led all Summit League teams with 21 goals in conference play.
• Sophomore Natalie Beckman sparked the Pioneers with four league tallies, while sophomore Sami Feller's six overall goals were tops on the team
• The Pioneers won back-to-back #SummitWSOC tournament titles as the No. 2 seed, as they defeated No. 4 seed Omaha 4-0 in last season's
(2) South Dakota State Jackrabbits
• SDSU has outscored its opponents 28-7 on the year and has a league-record 14 shutouts as a team, ranking third nationally in shutout percentage
• Senior Leah Manuleleua is second among Summit League goal scorers, finding the net 10 times with a league-best seven game-winners and sits tied for first in the league with 24 points
• The Jacks have made seven consecutive appearances in the tournament and won three of the last five
(3) Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
• This will be the first tournament meeting between the Golden Eagles and the Jackrabbits since the 2016 Championship game, where SDSU and ORU went to penalty kicks, as the Jackrabbits won 3-2
• Senior Jordan Langebartels leads the league with seven league goals and moved to No. 4 on ORU's all-time goals list with 22 career tallies
• Langebartels scored two goals in back-to-back games to end the season
(4) North Dakota Fighting Hawks
• North Dakota is making its first postseason tournament appearance since joining the league in 2018.
• Junior Mimi Eiden led the Fighting Hawks in goals with eight, while classmate Mara Yapello led the team in assists with four.
• Goalkeeper Catherine Klein became UND's all-time shutouts leader on Oct. 13 against Western Illinois, as the senior has tallied 14-career shutouts
2018 Championship Rewind
(2) Denver 3, (3) North Dakota State 0
(4) Omaha 3, South Dakota State 1
(2) Denver 4, (4) Omaha 0
2019 Players of the Week
Offense: Mariah Haberle, North Dakota State
Defense: Monica Polgar, North Dakota State
Offense: Elyse Huber, North Dakota State
Defense: Brittany Wilson, Denver
Offense: Mara Yapello, North Dakota
Defense: Catherine Klein, North Dakota
Offense: Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State
Defense: Magie Smither, South Dakota State
Offense: Elyse Huber, North Dakota State; Alexis Mithcell, South Dakota
Defense: Rachel Preston, South Dakota State
Offense: Samatha Feller, Denver
Defense: Margaret Lavagne, Omaha
Offense: Zoe Clarke Western Illinois
Defense: Ines Palmiero, Western Illinois
Offense: Natalie Beckman, Denver
Defense: Catherine Kelin, North Dakota; Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
Offense: Leah Manuleleua, South Dakota State
Defense: Maggie Smither, South Dakota State
Offense: Kellee Willer, South Dakota
Defense: Allison Austin, Oral Roberts
Offense: Jordan Langebaertels, Oral Roberts
Defense: Mary DeWalt, Denver