Dordt def. Northwestern (MN) 4-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt played an aggressive first half, attempting 12 shots and 6 on goal, as Northwestern had a similar 10 shot attempts in the first 45 minutes. Gideon De Graaf and Garret Vander Zee both played a key role in developing scoring chances with 3 shot attempts and one shot on goal each in the first half. Patrick Munsey received an open look from the left side 19 minutes into the contest, but his shot was stopped by Aidan Lynch to keep the score tied at 0. With just under 9 minutes before the break, Koby Wesselink gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead on a pass into the penalty area.
The Defenders did not trail for long as the second half opened with a goal from Blake Hansen, assisted by Asher Brown. Nearly one minute later, Dordt kept the pressure on the Northwestern defense with a transition scoring opportunity, but Lynch was able to keep the score tied with another save for the Eagles.
With 35 minutes remaining in the game, Dordt gained the lead following a goal in front of the net by Nolan Regan. Following a series of opportunities for the Defenders, Asher Brown's corner kick found Blake Hansen for his second goal of the game. One minute later, Luke Foster used a one-on-one break to push the ball into the net, extending Dordt's lead to 3 goals.
Dordt outshot Northwestern 25-12
Blake Hansen had 3 shots on goal
Dordt held a 5-2 corner kick advantage
COACH GRESSE SAID
"UNW started well in the first half, gave us some problems and we didn't come out strong. We applied changes at halftime, played at a higher intensity in the second half and got our first result. I'm really proud of the guys and their response to adversity together today."
Dordt will close their 6-game homestand against Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday, September 30 versus Dakota Wesleyan. The game will begin at 7:15 pm in Open Space Park Stadium.