Joao Soares scored a pair of second half goals to break open a tight contest and lead Morningside to a 3-1 GPAC men’s soccer triumph against Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday in Mitchell, S.D.
Soares tallied his two goals six minutes apart in the second half to put the Mustangs in front 3-0 after they had taken a 1-0 lead into the intermission. His two goals gave the Mustangs some breathing room in a game they dominated by a 21-3 margin in the shot count.
The teams battled to a scoreless standoff through the first 30 minutes before Jacob Harder beat Tiger goal keeper Gaston Miteff with a shot at the 30:09 mark of the first half to give the guests a lead they never relinquished. Harder’s goal was set up by an assist from Juan Pablo Jochems.
Mustang goal keeper Tim Erdmann made a save on the only shot on goal he faced before he departed at the 61:36 mark of the second half with the Mustangs up 2-0.
Morningside improved its record to 8-2-1 overall and leveled its GPAC ledger at 2-2.
The Mustangs will face undefeated and third-ranked Hastings on Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. contest in Hastings, Neb.
Morningside tied a school record by holding its opponent to no shots when it defeated Dakota Wesleyan 2-0 in Wednesday’s GPAC women’s soccer game in Mitchell, S.D.
The Mustangs, who outshot the Tigers by an 11-0 margin, held an opponent to no shots for the seventh time in school history and the first time since 2008.
Morningside improved its record to 5-6 overall and climbed to 3-2 in the GPAC.
The Mustangs led for almost the entire game after it took them just 2:32 to score when Amy Grause tallied her team-high seventh goal of the season off an assist from Kristina Sorenson.
The Mustangs capped their scoring at the 26:11 mark of the first half when Grause dealt an assist to set up a goal by freshman Samantha Anderson, her fourth score of the campaign.
Morningside will travel to Hastings, Neb., on Saturday for a 5 p.m. game against 10th-ranked Hastings.