Bulldogs rally to defeat Dakota Wesleyan in overtime, 4-3

The Concordia University women’s soccer team rallied late to pick up a 4-3 OT win over Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.  Concordia improved to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the GPAC with the victory.  Dakota Wesleyan dropped to 2-4-2 overall and 1-2 in conference play with the loss.  

Dakota Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute on a goal by Yutzil Rodriguez.  Less than 10 minutes later, Maria Gonzalez scored to increase the DWU lead to 2-0.  

Mallorie Blanck (Manhattan, Kan.) scored her team-best ninth goal of the season in the 32nd minute to get Concordia on the board.  Kelly Ross (Calgary, AB) picked up the assist.  The Tigers held the 2-1 lead heading into halftime.  

The Bulldogs tied the game at 2-2 early in the second half.  Jamie Sanchez (Lincoln, Neb.) scored off an assist by Molly Humlicek (Lincoln, Neb.) to even the score.  The host Tigers again had an answer, however, as Kasha Roberts scored to put DWU back on top 3-2.  

With 15 minutes left in regulation, Humlicek scored the equalizer for the Bulldogs, and the game was forced to overtime.  With five minutes remaining in the first overtime period, Sanchez scored her second of the game to give Concordia the exciting win.  

Both teams finished with 16 shots.  Sanchez had a game-high four shots to lead the way for Concordia, while Blanck chipped in with three shots.  Ariel Harris (Valley Center, Calif.) made six saves and earned the win for the Bulldogs.  Kari Durham made three saves in a losing effort for Dakota Wesleyan.  

The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday with a road game at York College.