The Nebraska Wesleyan University men's soccer team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but couldn't hold on as Simpson College scored two second goals in the second half to tie the match. Neither team scored in overtime as the home opener ended in a draw for the Prairie Wolves.
It was the first game for the NWU men under new head coach Mike Lynch.
The Prairie Wolves looked sharp early as they controlled possession and played the majority of the first half in the opponents half of the field.
The first goal of the game came in the 41st minute when transfer Grant Johannes found the net off of passes from Cyrus Jaffery and Cole McCallum. It was the first goal for Johannes in a NWU uniform as he put the Prairie Wolves up 1-0 at halftime.
Just two minutes into the second half Jaffery struck again as he found the net on a free kick from midfield to put the Prairie Wolves up 2-0.
Simpson however rallied to score at the 50:05 mark of the game to pull within one. The Storm then tied the game at 2-2 after a goal in the 70th minute.
The game ended in a tie in regulation and neither team was able to score in the two overtime periods. It was the first tie for the NWU men in 26 games dating back to Sept. 29, 2007.
The busy opening week will continue for NWU as they host Buena Vista on Thursday at 7 pm, then play host to Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 2 pm on Saturday afternoon.