Nicole Dillenburg scored two goals to start the second half as Simpson College rallied from a 1-0 deficit to earn a 3-1 win in the season opening soccer match for the Nebraska Wesleyan University women on Thursday night (Sept. 1) at Abel Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
NWU got off to a 1-0 lead as freshman Makenzie Thaller scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the 32nd minute to put NWU up 1-0. Thaller scored the goal on an assist from Elizabeth Becker.
The shot from Thaller was the only shot attempt for Nebraska Wesleyan in the first half as the Storm outshot NWU 6-1 in the first 45 minutes.
NWU goalkeeper Emily Dierks had four key saves in the first half to keep Simpson out of the goal.
In the second half, Dillenburg got her first goal just eight minutes into the second period off a rebounded shot. She would score again in the 70th minute.
The Storm added an insurance goal less than three minutes later as Amber Johnson scored off a corner kick.
Simpson had 18 total shots in the match, compared to only four for the Prairie Wolves. NWU's lack of depth came back to haunt them in the second half as the Prairie Wolves had only two subs for the game.
Dierks finished with eight total saves for the Prairie Wolves.