Bulldogs nip Nebraska Wesleyan, 2-1, in double overtime

Concordia’s Rachel Mussell scored in the first minute of the second overtime period to lift Concordia University to a 2-1 women’s soccer win over Nebraska Wesleyan on Wednesday evening in Seward.  It was the second straight win for Concordia, who improved to 8-6 overall and 5-2 in conference play.  Nebraska Wesleyan fell to 5-10 overall and 2-5 in the GPAC.  

Concordia held a commanding 31-5 shot advantage in the match.  The Bulldogs didn’t strike, however, until fairly late in the second half.  Becky Walrath (Lincoln, Neb.) scored to put Concordia on top.  Kelly Ross (Calgary, AB) delivered the assist on Walrath’s goal.  

With less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, the visiting Prairie Wolves tied the score with a goal by Shannon Surber.  It was Surber’s fourth goal of the year.  

The Bulldogs scored the game-winner just 30 seconds into the second overtime period.  Melissa Stine (Omaha, Neb.) delivered a pass to Mussell (Buffalo, Minn.), who ended the match with her second goal of the year.  

Ariel Harris (Valley Center, Calif.) made three saves in net for Concordia.  Emily Dierks made nine saves but suffered the loss for Nebraska Wesleyan.  

Concordia hosts Briar Cliff University on Saturday.  Game time is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Senior Night at Bulldog Stadium.