MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s soccer teams both needed overtime to decide their Great Plains Athletic Conference games against Briar Cliff Wednesday night. The women lost 3-2 to the Chargers in overtime, and the Tiger men tied BCU 2-2 in double overtime at the Pepsi Cola Complex in Mitchell.
In the men’s contest, the Chargers scored first when Dominic Wetzbarger scored off an assist from Anthony Benitez at the 21:40 mark. Jose Lopez tied the game for Dakota Wesleyan at the 30-minute mark when a gust of wind took his kick and sent it into the back of the net. The Chargers took the lead again 10 minutes into the second half on a goal by Chase Beiermann, but Drew Joachim knotted the game at 2-2 at the 64:37 mark when he scored on a pass from Hugo Gonzalez.
Neither team scored in the remainder of regulation, and despite 12 total shots in the two overtimes – seven for DWU and five by the Chargers – neither team scored in the extra 20 minutes. The Tigers had five shots in the first overtime, and tried to use a gusting wind to their advantage, but couldn’t capitalize.
The Tigers outshot BCU 27-19, including a 12-10 mark in shots on goal. Freshman goalie Alex Nelson made eight saves for Dakota Wesleyan, which is now 2-8-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the GPAC.
The Chargers got on the board first in the women’s game as well. Bridget Lyons made it 1-0 five minutes into the game when she scored off a corner kick by Julie Redus. Linsey Peterson tied the game for the Tigers on an assist by Maranda Ehrenfried at the 14-minute mark, but Briar Cliff took a 2-1 lead 10 minutes into the second half when a shot by Redus deflected off a DWU player and into the net.
Dakota Wesleyan tied the game four minutes later when Thara Ali Said scored on an assist from Yutzil Rodriguez, and the game stayed tied at 2 throughout the remainder of regulation. DWU had three shots in overtime, but Redus picked up the win for the Chargers when she scored on a free kick after a Tiger foul 5:35 into overtime.
Briar Cliff had 22 shots to DWU’s 21, but the Tigers had 12 shots on goal to the Chargers’ 11. Kari Durham made eight saves in goal for Dakota Wesleyan, which is 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the league.
The Tigers are back at home Saturday, Oct. 6, when they host Nebraska Wesleyan University for their homecoming game. The women play at 1 p.m. at the Pepsi Cola Complex and the men’s game starts at 3:30 p.m.