Golden Goal Propels Drake To 3-2 Overtime Win At South Dakota
“This is a hard place to play and while it was an ugly game, we got the result on the road,” Bulldog head coach Lindsey Horner commented. “Twice we had the lead and let them equalize within minutes, which we have to address.”
Senior Brittany Schuling (Bondurant, Iowa/Bondurant-Farrar) gave Drake an early 1-0 advantage at the 2:44 mark on the strength of her second goal of the season.
The lead was short lived as Jamie Karch scored her team-leading sixth goal of the year in the 10th minute (9:11) to even the contest at one for South Dakota.
Drake recorded a 7-2 margin in shots in the initial stanza, including 6-2 on goal.
Freshman Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill./Peotone) pushed the Bulldogs ahead 2-1 after registering her third goal of the year at the 51:01 mark.
The Coyote defense played a ball back to goalkeeper Mackenzie Viktor, who attempted to clear the ball out, but her kick caromed off the chest of senior Paige Dusek (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and towards the South Dakota goal. Rodgers ran down the rebound and capitalized by beating Viktor for the tally.
“The first goal by Schuling was a great ball and wouldn't have scored if Becca (Rodgers) hadn't frozen the keeper with her run,” Horner explained. “Our second goal was pure effort by Paige (Dusek) to put their keeper under pressure and create the easy goal for Rodgers.”
The Coyotes netted the equalizer less than five minutes later in the 56th minute (55:43) when Elena Tsakakis delivered a goal.
The Bulldogs withstood a fury of shots down the stretch as South Dakota recorded eight of their 12 shots in the game after the contest was tied at two. The Coyotes had seven corner kicks in the second half and nine in all, but couldn’t convert a go-ahead score
The game-winning goal by Stokes was the first for Drake in overtime this season and extended the Bulldogs’ winning streak to two. Earning the assist on the tally was Dusek.
“There were moments late in the second half when we were on our heels defending consecutive corners and we dug in and showed some resiliency,” said Horner. “They earned a corner in overtime, and we had a fantastic counter attack. Rhian (Pritchard) connected with Paige, who was swarmed by three defenders, while Stokes sprinted to get in the box. Stokes' strike was class side-netting.”
Drake outshot the Coyotes in the affair 13-12, including 10-5 on goal. The Bulldogs were led by a game-high three shots apiece from Rodgers and Stokes. Three different South Dakota players recorded two shots each.
Junior Andrea Swanson (Clive, Iowa/Valley) made three saves for Drake, while registering seven saves for the Coyotes was Viktor.
“We took some knocks in the past two games and received some quality minutes from our bench,” Horner explained. “We will do what we can to be full strength by Sunday. We need to build on this momentum as we head into conference play.”
The Bulldogs open their Missouri Valley Conference slate on Sunday (Sept. 29) with a 1:00 p.m. tilt at Evansville.