DWU soccer falls to Nebraska Wesleyan

Eric Moller

Eric Moller

Thara Ali Said

Thara Ali Said

Yutzil Rodriguez

Yutzil Rodriguez

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University soccer teams played another pair of close games Saturday afternoon, and the Tiger men and women both lost by a single goal to Nebraska Wesleyan University. The DWU women fell 3-2 and the Tiger men fell 2-1 in overtime – their second overtime game of the week. Both games were at the Pepsi Cola Complex in Mitchell.

In the women’s game, DWU took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Thara Ali Said – her second of the week. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the second half when Yutzil Rodriguez scored, but Ashlee Slade scored two goals within two minutes of each other to tie the game 2-2 and Jenna Herse scored the game-winning goal later in the half.

Nebraska Wesleyan, which is now 3-8-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, had 12 shots to the Tigers’ nine. Erika Carpenter made three saves for Dakota Wesleyan, which is 2-6 overall and 2-3 in the league.

In the men’s game, the Tigers led 1-0 throughout much of the game. Eric Moller scored off assists from Tyler Grilley and Chaz Foss in the 11th minute of the game, and that’s where the score stayed until the final four minutes of the game. The Prairie Wolves tied it 1-1 when Colby Twist scored on a penalty kick to send the game into overtime.

The Tigers had several shots in overtime, including one by Hugo Gonzalez that hit the crossbar and came back out, but NWU picked up the win when Matt Woodman scored off an assist from Twist.

The Tigers (2-9-1, 1-3-1) had 17 shots to Nebraska Wesleyan’s 16. The Prairie Wolves are 6-5-1 overall and 3-2 in the GPAC. Manny Paravalos had nine saves for the Tigers.

Dakota Wesleyan is back in action Wednesday, Oct. 10, when it travels to Sioux Center, Iowa, to take on Dordt College. The Tiger men play at home Saturday, Oct. 13, when they host South Dakota Tech in a nonconference game.