SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Overtime is becoming the norm for the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s soccer teams.
For the third straight game and fourth time in the past five games, the Tiger men needed overtime to decide the outcome of their game, and the DWU women went to double overtime, marking the second time in the past three games overtime has been needed. The women ended up tying the Defenders 1-1 in double overtime while the DWU men lost 3-2 in one overtime.
The women’s game was scoreless until the 63rd minute when Yutzil Rodriguez scored on a kick from the corner to put the Tigers up 1-0. The Defenders tied the score seven minutes later on a corner kick by Katie Kortman, and that’s where the score would stay through two overtime periods.
DWU had three shots in the two overtimes, including two in the second overtime, but failed to score. The Tigers had 20 shots to Dordt’s five, including an 8-4 edge in shots on goal. Kari Durham made three saves for Dakota Wesleyan, which is 2-6-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
The men’s game was also scoreless in the first half, but Nick Sterling put the Tigers up 1-0 33 seconds into the second half when he scored from the top of the box. Eric Grootenboer tied the game exactly 30 seconds later for the Defenders, but Dakota Wesleyan took a 2-1 lead at the 68-minute mark when Adam Jahnel sent the ball over the keeper’s head and into the net.
Brady Van Holland scored on a cross from Scott Van Wylen with less than six minutes to play in regulation to send the game into overtime. Grootenboer scored his second goal of the game 2:10 into overtime off passes from Van Holland and Braden Graves.
DWU and Dordt both had 12 shots, and the Defenders had a 10-8 edge in shots on goal. Alex Nelson made seven saves for the Tigers, who are now 2-10-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the league.
The Tiger women are off until Tuesday, Oct. 16, when they travel to Sioux City, Iowa, to take on Morningside College at 5:30 p.m. The DWU men are back at home Saturday, Oct. 13, for a nonconference game against South Dakota Tech at 2 p.m. at the Pepsi-Cola Complex.