- DWU women continue strong GPAC play October 22, 2014
YANKTON, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s soccer team has been without leading scorer Megan Johnson (Rapid City, S.D.) for two games, but the scoring slack has been picked up by her teammates, especially senior forward Thara Ali Said (Muscat, Oman).
Ali Said netted her second consecutive hat trick in a 3-2 win over Mount Marty College Tuesday in Yankton, S.D.
The Tigers move over .500 in a wide open Great Plains Athletic Conference with the win over the Lancers. DWU has won two straight in the GPAC after dropping three in a row.
After conceding the first goal of the game in the eighth minute to MMC, Ali Said got the Tigers going with a goal on an assist from junior Maranda Ehrenfried (Pierre, S.D.) in the 17th minute. Ali Said, who has 13 goals this season, put the Tigers in front before halftime on an unassisted goal.
The Tigers got a bit of insurance when Ali Said headed in a corner kick from Ehrenfried. The tally, which barely crossed the goal line, deflected in off a Lancer defender.
DWU held on for the win after MMC netted a late goal to tighten the score.
The Tigers (8-7, 4-3 GPAC) continue the stretch run on the 2014 season with a matchup against Midland University at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pepsi Cola Soccer Complex in Mitchell, S.D.