HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College women’s soccer team needed every last ounce of effort to defeat Dakota Wesleyan 3-2 on Monday.
Cailey Terpstra caught the Tigers defense out of place and scored the first goal of the match after two minutes of play. Alaina Van Zalen got a generous deflection on a shot a minute and a half later to give Dordt the 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
The Defenders defense wasn't able to keep the Tigers off the board for too long. Alyssa Weidler scored off of a breakaway in the 15th minute to pull her team within one. Weidler struck again twelve minutes later to tie the game at two.
Neither team was able to score for the rest of the half and went into halftime tied at two. Each team had several chances throughout the second half, but it wasn’t until a penalty kick call on Dakota Wesleyan in the 85th minute that Dordt threatened.
Dallas Parker lined up over the kick and buried it in the lower right corner to give Dordt the 3-2 victory. It was Parker's first action in several weeks due to a right knee injury had her sidelined.
Dordt outshot Dakota Wesleyan 11-8 overall and 8-5 in shots on goal.
Dordt goalkeeper Karlee Kuyvenhoven had three saves in the match.
The win improved Dordt to 6-6 overall and 3-2 in GPAC play.
COACH ELGERSMA SAID
“It was great to get two really early goals, but then we had some problems and they exploited those. It was a gutsy effort all the way around.”
The Dordt women will play at Morningside on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.