Zach Sortino scored two goals and assisted on Briar Cliff’s third and final goal of the game in a 3-0 win at Dakota Wesleyan tonight. The win moved the Chargers to 8-5 overall on the season and 2-3 in conference play, while the Tigers dropped to 1-11 overall and 0-5 in the GPAC.
The win was Briar Cliff’s sixth W on the road this season with a 6-2 record away from Faber Field on the year. Sortino wasted little time scoring what would be the game-winning goal only 6:19 into the first half. The score would remain 1-0 through the rest of the half and until Sortino found the back of the net again at the 64:20 mark. The Charger offense continued to attack with the 2-0 lead as Sortino found Prichard Sibanda just minutes later to break the game wide open and sure the 3-0 win.
Briar Cliff’s defense held Dakota Wesleyan to only two shots in the entire game with BC holding a 15-2 edge in shots and a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Charlie Enright made one save in the shutout win at keeper for the Chargers, while Gaston Miteff suffered the loss, allowing three goals to go with eight saves.
Sibanda was the team leader in shots for the Chargers with five, four on goal, followed byPeter Beresford with three shot attempts and Sortino and Kye Edwards both took two shots.Josh Humm-Rhodes, Christopher Nkoghe and Gonzalo Ledesma all attempted one shot.
Briar Cliff will next be in action on Saturday afternoon, hosting No. 23 Midland. Kickoff between the Chargers and Warriors is set for 3:15 p.m. at Faber Field.
Taylor Beaulieu gave the Briar Cliff women’s soccer team its second-straight conference victory on Wednesday night with a 1-0 win in double overtime at Dakota Wesleyan. Beaulieu’s goal came 2:44 into extra period number two, lifting the Chargers to 6-5-1 on the season and 2-3 in conference play, while keeping the Tigers winless on the season at 0-12-1 and 0-5-1 in the GPAC.
Statistically, the Chargers dominated the game with a 21-6 advantage in shots and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks. Six of Dakota Wesleyan’s shots were on goal with Libby Havenridge notching five saves in the shutout victory and Kira Miller played a stellar game in the net for DWU, recording 15 saves but letting Beaulieu’s game-winner find the back of the net.
Elle Wegher paced the Cliff in shots attempted with five, followed by Beaulieu andBrooke Herbst with four apiece. Gina Alvarez, Megan Glover and Makenna Taylor all tallied two shots and Erin Gaitsch and Shelby Potter both took one shot for the Chargers.
Briar Cliff will be seeking its third-straight win on Saturday, hosting Midland at Faber Field in a 1 p.m. kickoff.