BROOKINGS, S.D. - Sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) picked an opportune time to register her team-leading third goal of the season as her game-winning tally at the 74:35 mark lifted the Drake women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at South Dakota State (1-3-1) on Friday (Aug. 31).
The win enabled the Bulldogs (3-2) to close their four-game road swing with a 2-2 mark, while also surpassing their road victory total for all of the 2011 campaign.
"South Dakota State was fired up for their home-opener, so we knew they would be tough opponent for the full 90 minutes," Drake head coach Lindsey Horner commented. "It was unfortunate to concede the equalizing goal and let them back in the game, but even when they had us on our heels we showed a bit of character, absorbed the pressure and scored a fantastic goal. We showed maturity at the end of the game and improvement in key areas from last weekend. We'll take this momentum into our home stretch and look to continue to keep getting better."
The Bulldogs began the scoring in the affair in the ninth minute (8:00) when junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) connected on an empty net goal. Earning assists on the tally were senior Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) and freshman Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North).
The assist for Moklestad moved her into the top-10 in career assists at Drake with eight.
The Jackrabbits netted the equalizer at the 52:33 mark off a goal from Darci Miller. Megan Kingston was credited with the assist,
South Dakota State garnered a 14-9 advantage in shots on the evening, while Charles and Stokes registered four and three shots, respectively, for Drake. Diana Potterveld paced the Jackrabbits with a game-high four shots.
Junior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) pulled in five saves for the Bulldogs, while Elisa Stamatakis posted two stops for South Dakota State.
Drake next battles North Dakota State in a 12:00 p.m. game on Sunday (Sept. 2) at the Cownie Soccer Complex to begin a seven-match homestand for the Bulldogs.