MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s soccer teams both opened their home and Great Plains Athletic Conference seasons with a loss to Hastings College Saturday afternoon at the Pepsi-Cola Complex in Mitchell.
The Broncos beat the Tiger women 6-1 and the Hastings men – ranked No. 16 in the NAIA – beat Dakota Wesleyan 5-1. Saturday’s game was the conference opener for both teams.
In the women’s game, Hastings got on the board just under nine minutes into the game when Destiny Thielfoldt scored off a corner kick by Amanda Olson. The Broncos scored the eventual game winner at the 14-minute mark when Maddie Michalek scored on a cross in front of the net by Megan Michel, and they added two more goals in the next eight minutes.
Dakota Wesleyan scored its only goal of the game with just under five minutes to go in the half when sophomore Megan Johnson scored an unassisted goal. Hastings added one goal early in the second half and made it 6-1 at the 54-minute mark to end the scoring.
The Broncos (1-4, 1-0) had 38 shots to DWU’s eight, including a 17-4 margin in shots on goal. Kari Durham made seven saves for Dakota Wesleyan (0-4, 0-1) in the first half and Erika Carpenter made four in the second half.
The men’s game was close to start as both teams scored in the first 16 minutes, but after the Tigers scored at 15:37, it was all Hastings. The Broncos got on the board first at the 13:09 mark when Thomas Leabroun-Boss scored off a rebound, but Hugo Gonzalez tied the game two minutes later when he scored off an assist from Trent Robbins.
The game stayed tied for 20 minutes before the Broncos scored again to go up 2-1, and Hastings added a third goal three minutes later to go into halftime with a 3-1 lead. The Broncos added two goals late in the second half for the final score.
Hastings (4-4, 1-0) had 26 shots to DWU’s eight, including a 16-3 margin in shots on goal. Freshman Manny Paravalos made 11 saves for Dakota Wesleyan, which is 1-7 overall and 0-1 in the GPAC.
The Tigers are back in action Tuesday, Sept. 25, when they travel to Mount Marty College for a GPAC game. The women’s game starts at 1 p.m. and the men play at 3 p.m. in Yankton, S.D. DWU is back at home Wednesday, Oct. 3, when it hosts Briar Cliff University.