DES MOINES, Iowa - A golden goal by senior Laura Moklestad (Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt) at the 95:34 mark lifted the Drake women's soccer team to a 2-1 overtime triumph past North Dakota State (1-4) on Sunday (Sept. 2) at the Cownie Soccer Complex
"'Today we clearly had the run of play and the better opportunities," Bulldog head coach Lindsey Horner commented. "We have to find a way to put the game away early. Today should have been a multi-goal lead in the game and a shutout, but we'll take the win."
The game-winning tally was set-up off of back-to-back headers courtesy of freshman Rhian Pritchard (Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley North) and junior Generve Charles (Wausau, Wis./Wausau East) which were played into Moklestad, who served the ball past Bison' goalkeeper Sierra Bonham.
The goal for Moklestad was the 15th of her career and moved her into a fifth-place tie with Melissa Nelson (2003-06) on the all-time Drake list.
Despite the Bulldogs (4-2) statistically dominating North Dakota State in the contest, neither side was able to crack the scoring column until sophomore Ashlie Stokes (Sioux City, Iowa/Sioux City North) delivered her team-leading fourth goal of the year at the 73:09 mark to give Drake a 1-0 lead.
After a corner kick by junior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) the ball was cleared out of the box by sophomore Tori Flynn (O'Fallon, Mo./St. Joseph Academy), who played the ball back into Schuling, who sent the ball into the box where Stokes connected on a header for the goal.
The lead was short-lived as the Bison netted the equalizer in the 75th minute (74:39) on Anisha Kinnarath's strike from the top of the box for the North Dakota State tally.
The Bulldogs registered a 24-4 advantage in shots in the affair, including 15-3 in the final stanza.
Stokes paced all players with a game-high six shots, while Schuling, junior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and Moklestad chipped in four, four and three shots, respectively. Recording all four shots for the Bison was Kinnarath.
"We did a great job of getting the ball on the ground and playing through central midfield," said Horner. "We saw more of our style and how we are capable of playing today as our outside backs got involved in the attack, and by moving the ball we created some fantastic chances."
Bonham pulled in 11 saves for North Dakota State, while junior Kalena Litch (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) registered three stops for Drake.
The Bulldogs continue their seven-game homestand on Friday (Sept. 7) hosting South Dakota at 7:00 p.m. at the Cownie Soccer Complex.