Morningside advanced to the semifinals of the GPAC Women’s Soccer Tournament with a 2-1 victory against Nebraska Wesleyan. Photo / Gene Knudsen
Chloe Wetzbarger scored the deciding goal five minutes into the second half to lift Morningside to a 2-1 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan in Thursday’s GPAC Women’s Soccer Tournament Quarterfinal contest in Sioux City.
Wetzbarger’s goal came after the teams had played to a 1-1 standoff in the first half and advanced the Mustangs to the GPAC Semifinals. Morningside will take a 13-5-1 record into a semifinal round contest against Northwestern on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Elwood Olsen Stadium. Morningside defeated the Red Raiders 4-2 when they met during the regular season on Oct. 27 in Orange City, Iowa.
Nebraska Wesleyan, which bowed out with a record of 9-9, struck first when Shannon Jerram scored a goal at the 18:25 mark of the first half to put the guests up 1-0.
Morningside, which rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit in a 3-2 victory against the Prairie Wolves during the regular season, tied the score at 1-1 when Amy Samuelson converted a penalty kick with 2:50 left in the first half.
Aside from her 17th goal of the season, Samuelson also dealt an assist to set up Wetzbarger’s game winning goal.
Morningside outshot Nebraska Wesleyan by a 14-6 margin, including an 8-2 differential in the second half.
Mustang goal keeper Niccole McGuire finished with three saves, while Madi Francis had seven saves for the Prairie Wolves.