ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s soccer teams both kept their hopes of hosting a first-round Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament game alive Wednesday night when they swept Northwestern College.
Both teams defeated the Red Raiders 1-0 in a pair of games played in Orange City, Iowa. The win puts the Tiger men in second in the league with a 6-3 mark. DWU is 8-8 overall. The Dakota Wesleyan women are in a four-way tie for third with a 6-3 record. Concordia, Midland and Dordt also have 6-3 marks. The Tiger women are 7-5-2 overall.
The DWU women scored the only goal of the game in the 33rd minute when Linsey Peterson scored on an assist from Thara Ali Said. The Tigers had more chances to score – they put three more shots on goal in the first half and seven in the second – but Northwestern goalies Wendy Hofmeyer and Ariel Watts combined to make 10 saves.
Dakota Wesleyan outshot the Red Raiders 23-9. Yutzil Rodriguez had nine shots on goal and Megan Johnson added four. Tiger goalie Kari Durham made two saves to preserve the shuout.
The Tiger men played a scoreless first half against Northwestern, and Nick Sterling scored the eventual game-winning goal in the 55th minute. The Red Raiders had nine shots on goal to DWU’s four, but Tiger senior goalie Jordan Werner picked up his eighth win of the year and seventh shutout by stopping all nine shots.
Wednesday’s wins sets up the Tigers for their final regular-season game of the year. Dakota Wesleyan hosts Doane College for Senior Day Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Pepsi-Cola Complex in Mitchell. The Tigers will say goodbye to nine seniors – three men and six women – as they play the final home regular-season game of their careers. The women’s game starts at 1 p.m. and the men play at 3 p.m. The Doane women are 8-1 and in second in the GPAC, while the Doane men are fourth in the league with a 5-3-1 mark.
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