HASTINGS, Neb. – No. 20-ranked Midland University women’s soccer took to the road on Wednesday to battle rival No. 13 Hastings College. It was a tight match between the two sides, and it ended in a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes of play. The two teams which brought in similar records in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, remain knotted with a 7-0-2 conference mark. Midland moves to 10-1-2 on the year while Hastings moves to 10-0-3.
In the first half of play, Nayeli Rodriguez had a great opportunity thirty seconds into the match when she hit the cross bar, giving the Broncos a scare early in the match. Then in the 17th minute, she was able to find the back of the net as she connected on a left footed strike to give the Lady Warriors the early advantage over the Broncos. The goal was Rodriguez’s 15th on the season. She leads the conference in goals so far this season.
In the 41st minute Hastings was able to level the match when Castle De Ortega found the back of the net making the score 1-1 heading into the break. That is where the two sides would remain for the next half of play as 90 minutes of play was not enough at Lloyd Wilson Field.
In overtime, where the winner is decided via the golden goal rule, the two teams remained stingy on defense. Neither team could find the back of the net to break the tie over the 20 minutes of extra play, so the match ended in a draw with both team knotted at 1-1.
The Lady Warriors saw their scoreless streak come to an end during the match. They had extended their streak to 816 minutes without allowing a goal before the Broncos lone goal. Midland remain unbeaten in conference play and have only allowed one goal since September 8th at Ottawa.
When asked about the performance of his team today, head coach Greg Jarosik had this to say, “I was happy with the result today although I wish we could have found a way to get the three points. They are a good team and to be able to earn a draw at their place was nice. We’ve got Briar Cliff this weekend and Concordia next week. They are both huge games. We have a lot to play for. We just need to get healthy and go back on it Saturday. ”
Midland (10-1-2, 7-0-2 GPAC) will return home for their final three games of the regular season. Up first is Briar Cliff (8-6-1, 7-2 GPAC) this Saturday, October 20. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. at Heedum Field in Fremont, Nebraska.