MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s soccer team dropped a pair of one-goal games in a weekend road trip to Iowa. The Tigers played Mount Mercy College Saturday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then traveled to Dubuque to take on Clarke University.
The Tigers lost 3-2 in overtime Saturday afternoon to Mount Mercy and 2-1 to Clarke Sunday afternoon. Dakota Wesleyan is now 1-6 overall.
Mount Mercy grabbed an early lead Saturday when Veselin Karagyuarov scored two minutes into the game, and went up 2-0 when he scored again at the 20-minute mark. The Tigers got within one midway through the second half when Hugo Gonzalez scored, and Chaz Foss tied the game with an unassisted goal at the 82-minute mark.
Mount Mercy picked up the win eight minutes into overtime when Karagyuarov scored his third goal of the game.
Mount Mercy had 20 shots to DWU’s 16, including an 11-7 edge in shots on goal. Freshman goalie Manny Paravalos made eight saves for the Tigers.
Sunday afternoon, Clarke scored six minutes into the game, but Dakota Wesleyan tied it at the 72-minute mark when Foss scored off an assist from Gonzalez. Dino Ramic scored the game-winner for Clarke with eight minutes left in the game.
Clarke had 14 shots to DWU’s nine, including an 11-6 edge in shots on goal. Freshman Alex Nelson made nine saves in the net for the Tigers.
Dakota Wesleyan plays its first home game of the year Saturday, Sept. 22, when it opens Great Plains Athletic Conference play with a 3 p.m. game against rival Hastings College. The Broncos are currently ranked 13th in the NAIA.