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Jeff Kolpack, Published August 22 2009

Drake drains NDSU in OT

Pilots in town for the Fargo AirSho gave the Ellig Sports Complex an invigorating preview for their weekend performance. At least the North Dakota State soccer players, playing Drake University within deafening jet plane earshot of the airport, could hear it.

NDSU’s opener, however, ended in silence.

Elizabeth Woerle, a 6-foot-1 midfielder, fired home the game winner for Drake five minutes into the first overtime Friday afternoon in a 2-1 Bulldogs win. It was a deflating shot for the home team, which had been winning the offensive pressure battle up to that point.

“I didn’t want to believe it,” said Bison midfielder Lorraine Thompson. “But with this wind and her power … done.”

NDSU, despite going into the wind, had a 12-6 advantage in shots on goal the second half. The better ones came toward the end of regulation.

“We had the play,” said Bison head coach Pete Cuadrado. “I was happy with the way we played. You just kept thinking that it was coming. We had a ton of chances and a lot of near misses … disappointing.”

Freshman Brooklyn Dice hit the cross bar with seven minutes left on a high lofting shot from the side. Three minutes later, led by forward Quin Ryan on the left side, the Bison had three good looks only to be denied. Drake goalkeeper Kourtney Arnold made another nice one-handed leaping save on Thompson’s drive from out front with just over a minute remaining.

“Just going into overtime, we had all the confidence in the world,” Thompson said. “All the opportunities we had and me personally and then you think, ‘What if?’”

Thompson had NDSU’s only goal going around a couple of Bulldogs defenders and sent a low liner that Arnold had no chance of saving in the first half.

It would be NDSU’s only goal – ironically.

“Honestly, we played some of the best soccer that we’ve played in a while,” Cuadrado said.

FIRST HALF: 1, NDSU, Thompson, 24:30. 2, Drake, Moklestad (Woerle), 34:36.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

OVERTIME: 3, Drake, Woerle (Moklestad), 94:55.

SAVES: Drake, Arnold, 1-3-0–4. NDSU, Kelsey, 0-3-0–3.

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