Dordt def. Northwestern 1-0
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a game that saw the Defenders hold control of possession throughout much of the contest, Dordt left Orange City with a double overtime win over Northwestern tonight, 1-0. Dordt opened the first half with a series of shot attempts, three within the first five minutes of play. Kaelin Alons came up with six first half saves for the Red Raiders to keep the Defenders at zero heading into the half. Dordt attempted ten shots in the first 45 minutes and held Northwestern to just three attempts.
The second half was more even in terms of shot attempts, as Northwestern had more opportunities, but Elianna Van Hulzen totaled four second half saves. With less than five minutes to go in regulation, Dordt kept control of the ball and had multiple scoring chances, including a breakaway opportunity for senior midfielder Cailey Terpstra that was disrupted by Northwestern goalkeeper Kaelin Alons.
Dordt kept the ball on their side of the field for most of each overtime period, while holding Northwestern to zero shot attempts after the conclusion of regulation time. Following a pass inside by Emma Visser into a crowd of players, sophomore forward Katherine Kooiman came up with the ball and sent it into the goal with nearly two minutes to go in the second overtime period, giving the Defenders their sixth win of the season.
Dordt led in shot attempts 17-8
Katherine Kooiman scored her 2nd goal of the season
Cailey Terpstra led the Defenders in shots on goal with 4
COACH DURBIN SAID
"I'm really proud of the women for how they performed tonight. I told the ladies at the beginning of the game that it was going to take a complete 90 minutes of solid soccer to get a win. Unfortunately, I was slightly wrong because it took a complete 108 minutes of soccer. This team didn't let up for one minute. They fought hard until the final whistle and in the end, their effort paid off."
The Defenders will play on the road against Doane on Saturday, October 24. The game will begin at 5:00 pm in Crete, Nebraska.