Briar Cliff def. Dordt 4-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders played at Briar Cliff in the first round of the GPAC Tournament on Saturday, and the Chargers advanced to the next round with a 4-1 win.
Briar Cliff kept possession throughout the first ten minutes, taking three shots. They took advantage of the offensive pressure, as Taylor Hill gave Briar Cliff a 1-0 lead nearly 12 minutes into play. Dordt's defense held Briar Cliff to only two more shots in the first half, allowing no goals.
The Defenders held the ball on their side of the field early in the second half, as Dordt attempted three shots in the opening 7 minutes, including a shot attempt by Claire Jansen that was saved. Hannah Shuttleworth scored the next goal of the game for Briar Cliff, and later scored another goal with 24 minutes remaining to give the Chargers a 3-0 lead. With 10 minutes to go, Dordt's Alaina Van Zalen scored her 8th goal of the season on the assist from Claire Jansen.
Alaina Van Zalen scored 1 goal for Dordt
Claire Jansen had an assist and 2 shot attempts
Briar Cliff led in shots 10-4
COACH DURBIN SAID
"Hats off to Briar Cliff. They are very talented and well-coached team. Today it just took us a little too long to find our rhythm. We started the game a little slow and a little flat, and we have actually started to turn it around near the end of the first half. In the second half we competed much better. It's tough to see the 2021 season come to an end. I'm super thankful for our seniors in all the effort and dedication they put into this program. They will be dearly missed."
Dordt's 20-21 season has concluded in the first round of the GPAC Tournament.