Tiger soccer splits with Northwestern

Jose Lopez

Jose Lopez

Hugo Gonzalez

Hugo Gonzalez

Yutzil Rodriguez

Yutzil Rodriguez

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s soccer teams split a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference soccer games with Northwestern College Wednesday night. The Tiger men beat the Red Raiders 2-1 but the women lost 4-1 at the Pepsi Cola Complex in Mitchell.

The DWU men picked up a big conference win when it defeated Northwestern. The win helped solidify a playoff spot for the Tigers, who are in ninth in the league with a 2-5-2 mark, but will likely earn the eighth spot as Nebraska Wesleyan competes in the NCAA Division III for postseason soccer.

Wednesday night, it was Northwestern (10-5-1, 5-3-1) that took a lead in the 35th minute of the game on a goal by Gabriel Goncalves, but Dakota Wesleyan (4-11-2, 2-5-2) tied it up four minutes later when Hugo Gonzalez scored off an assist from Carlos Mora.

The game stayed tied through the first half, and Jose Lopez put the Tigers up 2-1 14 minutes into the second half when he used the wind to bend the ball into the net on a corner kick. DWU goalie Alex Nelson came up with several big saves in the final 30 minutes of the game to help preserve the win for the Tigers.

Northwestern had 17 shots on goal to DWU’s 16, and held a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal. Nelson made nine saves for Dakota Wesleyan while Austin Stoesz had just three for the Raiders.

In the women’s game, Dakota Wesleyan dominated the second half with 16 shots to Northwestern’s five, but the Tigers scored just a single goal in the 4-1 loss. Michaela Gibson started the scoring for the Raiders (8-6-2, 5-3-1) in the 27th minute, and Ashley Williamson made it 2-0 11 minutes later.

Yutzil Rodriguez got DWU (2-9-1, 2-6-1) within a goal, 2-1, in the 61st minute, but Tyler Farr and Williamson both scored to put the game away.

The Tigers outshot Northwestern 24-13, including a 13-8 margin in shots on goal. Kari Durham made four saves in goal for DWU while Ariel Watts made 12 for Northwestern.

Dakota Wesleyan ends the regular season Saturday, Oct. 27, when it travels to Crete, Neb., to take on Doane College. The women play at 5 p.m. and the men at 7:15 p.m.