FREMONT, Neb. – It seemed like déjà vu at Heedum Field on Wednesday as No. 17 Midland University faced off with Dordt College for the second time in five days. The two teams ended the regular season on Saturday with a match in Fremont, won 2-0 by the Warriors, and were paired with each other in the first round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament. The second-seeded Warriors once again came away victorious, this time by a 1-0 score over the seventh-seeded Defenders.
Coming in both teams knew it was going to be a tough match, having just played one another. Both squads know each other’s tendencies and have a firsthand scouting report having just seen the other. That was clearly evident during the first half of action as they team played a scoreless 45 minutes.
Dordt played aggressive in the first half, equaling Midland’s seven shots. They knew that in order to stand a chance they would need to strike first and put the pressure on the Warriors.
That didn’t end up happening though as Midland came out of the locker room the aggressors, outshooting their opponents in the second half. In the 64th minute of play, one of those shots found the back of the net as Nayeli Rodriguez took a pass from Rachel Smith on the left side, gathered herself and buried home the eventual game-winner just inside the right post.
Midland’s kept the pressure on the Defenders’ defense despite having one of the best defensive lines in the GPAC. The put up a total of 12 shots in the half compared to 2 by Dordt.
“I was proud of the girls’ effort in the second half tonight,” head coach Greg Jarosik commented after the win. “Dordt came out and extremely hard in the first. Hats off to them. They played very, very strong. In the second half we were able to settle down. We played, got our goal, and moved on. It’s tournament soccer, it’s never easy and now we look forward to the next one on Saturday.”
No. 2-seed Midland (13-1-3) will No. 3-seed Concordia (12-2-5) on Saturday in the GPAC Semifinals. Game time between the Warriors and Bulldogs is set for 2:00 p.m. at Heedum Field. Early this year the two teams played to a 1-1, double-overtime draw in Fremont.