It was an overcast and chilly day as South Dakota School of Mines men's soccer and Dixie State faced off Sunday at Sioux Park Stadium, and neither offense seemed to be able to get warm.
After 110 minutes neither team found the back of the net, and worked a 0-0 tie.
"I think you saw early in the game we were connecting passes really well, controlling the flow of the game, we were composed, making them work,' Mines coach Andrew Conniff said. "As that wasn’t succeeding for that final opportunity we started sending it long and falling into a game that they were more comfortable with, a game that was more end-to-end and individual, and that’s not where we’re at our best."
DSU had more opportunities in the first half, outshooting the Hardrockers 8-2 in the first 45 minutes. In the second half it was much of the same, as the Trailblazers held a 8-4 edge.
The constant as DSU outshot Mines 19-10 was Hardrocker goalie Kyle Daledovich, who recorded seven saves.
Daledovich was particularly effective late in the game, challenging multiple 50/50 balls at the edge of the box, and coming up with the save each time.
Conniff said he was happy to see Daledovich get a shutout, and said he's also been happy with his goaltender's aggressiveness.
"We want to see our goalie be a playmaker," Conniff said. "He’s such a good individual that I want to see him come to the edge of the box to make plays, I want to see him connecting on passes on the way out, I want to see him going long and being in their back line. He can really be an asset to us in every way of play, not just being a defensive goalkeeper."
Ian DeBois, Sterling McKenzie and Brennan LaMoreaux all registered shots on goal for Mines. DeBois also had three shots, and Justin Barkow had two shots in the game.
Conniff said the Hardrockers are in a new offensive system, where last year they would focus on long, connecting passes to streaking forwards up the sideline or middle, they want to play more controlled now.
"We’re building our of the back, we’re connecting on passes and because of that the other team’s back lines have time to drop off," he said. "In the past we just go direct and with a player like Justin up front sometimes we’d get a lot of chances. Now we’re being more composed and having a foot in games, and we’re seeing it’s harder to create those opportunities."
Conniff said the team has been doing better with the system as the season has gone on, but still has improvements it needs to make.
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"That’s something I need to figure out and our team needs to adjust to," he said. "All of a sudden we can get consistent space and time on the ball in their half, that’s new to us, so now that we can do that we’re looking at 10 of their players and figuring out how do we break them down. Before we would just send it long and ran. It’s an adjustment and we’re getting better with it but it’ll take time."
Mines moved to 2-8-2 on the season and 1-5-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. It travels to Metro State-Denver on the road Friday. DSU moved to 3-7-2 and 1-5-2 in the RMAC. It will face Colorado Mesa on the road Friday.
Heartbreak for BHSU, 'Jackets drop game in overtime
The Black Hills State women's soccer team was close to its first win of the season, taking a three goal leading going into halftime, but ultimately fell in overtime to New Mexico Highlands 5-4.
Rachel Erickson scored her second goal of the season to start the Yellow Jacket scoring in the 17th minute off an assist from Jessica Schuman, and Katie Nielson added a free-kick goal in the 24th minute.
Alexandria Lisenbe scored her first goal of the season unassisted in the 38th minute, and BHSU went into the locker room up 3-0.
Highlands got hot in the second half, Alondra G-Ceballos scored a penalty kick goal in the 50th minute, and Cheyenne Delgado added another one in the 59th minute off an assist from Tania Salcedo.
Alexandra Rodriguez tied the game in the 69th minute when she shot a ball off the post, but followed her shot and finished to put the Cowgirls in a position to take the lead.
It was BHSU, however, that responded. Morgan Smith scored in the 74th minute off an assist from Nielson, but then heartbreak ensued for the Yellow Jackets.
With 45 seconds remaining in regulation, Anna Medina from Highlands headed a pass from Monique Nevarez into the goal to tie the game again.
G-Ceballos ended the game six minutes into overtime, scoring to end the game.
BHSU falls to 0-12-1 and 0-7-1 in the RMAC, it will face Regis on the road Sunday while Highlands improved to 1-9 and 1-6 in the RMAC. It faces Colorado Mesa Friday.