The Nebraska Wesleyan women's soccer team played as hard as they could and fought to the finish but came up just short as 15th-ranked Hastings College defeated the Prairie Wolves, 1-0, in GPAC women's soccer action on Tuesday night (Oct. 25) at Abel Stadium in Lincoln.
Hastings, the reigning NAIA National Runner-up, remains unbeaten in GPAC play at 9-0, 14-12-1 overall. Nebraska Wesleyan falls to 5-12, 2-7 GPAC.
The Prairie Wolves, playing with just 12 players, managed just two shots in the game compared to 21 for the Broncos. However, it was the first time all season that a team held Hastings to just one goal in a GPAC match.
Hastings got on the board early in the match as Jen Lerner scored at the 9:00 minute mark for the lone goal of the match.
From there, NWU goalkeeper Emily Dierks held her own in the goal and made some tremendous saves. Dierks had 11 total saves in the match and kept the Prairie Wolves within striking distance.
The NWU offense just could not get anything mounted against the speedy Bronco attack.
Nebraska Wesleyan will close out the 2011 season on Saturday (Oct. 29) when they travel to Sioux City, Iowa to face Briar Cliff University.