GREEN BAY, Wis. - A goal in the 76th minute (75:58) broke open a 1-1 contest and lifted Green Bay to a 2-1 victory past the Drake women's soccer team in exhibition action on Saturday (Aug. 11).
"Today was a great opportunity to see where we are as a team," Drake head coach Lindsey Horner commented. "We wanted to give everyone an opportunity to compete and gain experience with our system and evaluate how the team responds to pressure, mistakes, and successes on game-day."
Six Bulldogs made their Drake debuts in the contest, including freshmen Kylie DeHaven (Olathe, Kan./Olathe East) and Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) garnering starts for the Blue and White.
The two sides battled in a trio of 30-minute periods in the lone exhibition tilt for the Bulldogs.
The Phoenix stole the advantage early the affair assuming a 1-0 lead after Chandra Eigenberger's penalty kick goal at the 1:28 mark.
The lead held for Green Bay until junior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) evened the contest at one in the 49th minute (48:30). Junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) earned the assist on the tally after feeding a cross into the box that Dusek capitalized on from short range with the goal.
Scoring the game winner for the Phoenix at the 75:58 mark off a header was Heidi Hartmann. Emily Friedl registered the assist on the tally.
"We dug ourselves a hole giving away the early penalty kick, but we responded and really took over the second period," said Horner. "We gave the ball away at some inopportune times, but we can tidy that up prior to Friday, as we did throughout the game. This exhibition marks the end of our preseason and after only a week of training, I'm pleased with our level."
Sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) paced Drake's attack with a game-high three shots, while the Bulldogs received one shot apiece courtesy of junior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar), freshman Kaylin Okuma (Honolulu, Hawaii, Panahou) and Dusek. Eigenberger directed Green Bay with a three-shot performance.
Both sides collected six shots each in the contest, while junior goalkeeper Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) pulled in a game-high three saves for the Bulldogs.
Drake opens its 11th season of women's soccer on Friday (Aug. 17) when the Bulldogs host Northern Illinois in a 7:00 p.m. tilt at the Cownie Soccer Complex.