The Doane women's soccer team had a great battle on Wednesday evening with rival Nebraska Wesleyan and the Tigers came from behind to defeat the Prairie Wolves, 2-1. The win evened the Tigers' GPAC record at 2-2 while the overall mark improved to 5-3-1.
After a scoreless first half, Nebraska Wesleyan got on the board in the 60th minute of play when Jamie Essink scored off a corner kick from Alison Frohn. Doane came back three minutes later as Courtney Richards split a couple of Prairie Wolf defenders and head a ball over the out-stretched arms of NWU keeper Emily Dierks to tie the game.
With eight minutes remaining, Sarah Medina picked up an attempted clear-out by Nebraska Wesleyan and sent a shot from 35 yards out over the hands of Dierks and just below the cross bar for the go-ahead goal. The Tigers were able to continuously clear the ball out of their defensive zone, with several nice defensive plays by Kelsey Bryant in the final minutes to preserve the win.
Kelsey Stark posted the victory in goal, collecting five saves. Dierks finished with eight saves, several big saves late to keep her team in the game.
Doane will visit Orange City, Iowa, for a match-up with Northwestern College on Saturday, October 2.