Tiger men, women earn eighth seed in GPAC tourney

Hugo Gonzalez

Hugo Gonzalez

Eric Moller

Eric Moller

Thara Ali Said

Thara Ali Said

CRETE, Neb. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s soccer teams split a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader with Doane College Saturday night in Crete, Neb., and both teams earned the eighth seed in the conference postseason tournament.

The Tiger men beat Doane 2-1 in double overtime and the women lost 3-1 to end the regular season. The women’s postseason tournament starts Tuesday, Oct. 30. The No. 8 Tigers travel to Hastings, Neb., to take on top-seeded Hastings College at 7 p.m.

The men’s postseason tournament starts Thursday, Nov. 1. The Dakota Wesleyan men also travel to Hastings, Neb., to take on No. 1 Hastings College. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Saturday night, the Tiger men took an early lead on Doane (5-10-2, 4-5-1) when Hugo Gonzalez scored off an assist from Jose Lopez five minutes into the contest. Doane answered back quickly, however, when Chris Watson scored on a penalty kick less than two minutes later. The game stayed tied 1-1 until the fourth minute of the second overtime when Eric Moller scored off a corner kick by Tyler Grilley.

Dakota Wesleyan (5-11-2, 3-5-2) had 14 shots on goal to Doane’s 18, but both teams had seven shots on goal. Manny Paravalos made six saves for DWU, including one in the second overtime, to preserve the win.

In the women’s game, the Doane Tigers scored their first point of the game 52 seconds in when Sara Cushing scored off an assist from Jen Cushing. Thara Ali Said scored an unassisted goal in the 36th minute to tie the game, but Doane scored twice in the second half – once on a goal by Kelsie Grgurich and once on Sara Cushing’s second goal of the game.

Doane (11-5, 7-3) held a 33-11 advantage in shots, including a 23-5 margin in shots on goal. Erika Carpenter made 18 saves for Dakota Wesleyan, which is now 7-10-1 overall and 2-7-1 in the GPAC.