Late goal by DeWolf gives Eastern win


Bryan Bund | The Daily Eastern News

Sophomore Sarah DeWolf dribbles past a Milwaukee defender Saturday at Lakeside Field. DeWolf netted the Panthers’ game winning goal with 61 seconds left in the game the day before against Green Bay.

Dillan Schorfheide, Women's Soccer Reporter


Nothing was going into the goal for Eastern’s women’s soccer team against Green Bay Friday, until sophomore forward Sarah DeWolf broke the 0-0 tie with barely any time left in regulation.

It was one of those games where one team was able to dominate throughout the contest, but nothing they did seemed to help them, in this case Eastern.

The lack of Eastern’s goal-scoring was not for a lack of trying: nothing would go in the net for them.

Eastern had nine total shots, four less than Green Bay in the contest, but had one more  shot on goal than the Phoenix with five.

Those shots came from different opportunities for the Panthers: corner kicks, shots outside and inside the box, and passes down the field that lead to crosses into the box.

That is how DeWolf netted her second goal of the season Friday.

“I don’t really think I had too many defenders around me, and I was able to get my head on it and place it in the net,” DeWolf said.

Eastern’s defense and midfield were able to advance the ball up the right side of the field to freshman forward/midfielder Niondina Nystrom.

After battling against a few Green Bay defenders, Nystrom was able to break and continue her dribble toward the corner.

DeWolf, along with a few other Eastern attackers, positioned themselves inside the box.

Nystrom was able to get what DeWolf said was a great cross into the box, and DeWolf was able to head the ball into the back of the net.

Her goal came with 61 seconds left in the game, something she and assistant coach Jake Plant both said was a relief.

“We were working really hard to get a goal that game, and it was good to finally get it,” DeWolf said.

Plant said getting the goal was great for the team because the win is better than the possible tie the team was facing.

With the goal Friday, Nystrom got her first assist of the season, and DeWolf got her second goal of the season.

With the goal, DeWolf is now the leading scorer for the Panthers. Her first goal came in the Panthers’ 2-0 win against IUPUI.

“I guess it just kind of happened,” she said, referring to if she was expecting to be the leading scorer. “It was a goal of mine this year to get a lot of goals.”

That first goal against IUPUI was the team’s first of the year, and both of her goals have been game-winning scores.

Two other Eastern players have scored this season so far: junior Kate Olson scored in the IUPUI game, and freshman Pilar Barrio saved the team from a loss against Indiana State, tying the game 1-1 with her goal.

Dillan Schorfheide can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]