The Dragon women’s soccer dropped their last two games of the season, falling to Upper Iowa University, Fayette, 5-3 on Saturday and to Winona (Minn.) State University 3-0 on Sunday.
The Dragons started strong in Saturday’s game, as freshman forward Erin Nyberg scored two first-half goals, one on the first shot of the game.
The Peacocks would respond in a big way, as junior forward Alyssa Petersburg scored a goal off of an assist from freshman defender Jess Dickhaus. The goal would spark a 5-0 run for Upper Iowa.
The Dragons fought back, with junior midfielder Ashley Gallegos scoring a goal late in the game, but it was not enough to spark a comeback.
The Dragons totaled 16 shots on the day and gave up 20, their highest of the season. They were led by senior midfielders Abby Kettler and Katherine Adams, each taking four shots.
Nyberg took three shots, with two of them finding the back of the net, and junior midfielder Ashley Swanson had two shots.
Sophomore goalkeeper Victoria Hoffman started in the net for the Dragons and saved nine shots, including a penalty kick.
The Dragons couldn’t find the back of the net in their final game of the season.
Freshmen set the pace for the Warriors, as forward Taylor Zehren and midfielder Jenna Jares scored the two first-half goals for their team. Junior forward Amanda Dennis scored the lone second-half goal for Winona State.
Junior midfielder Jordyn Wallenborn led the Dragon offense with five shots on goal and Nyberg followed with two.
Sophomore goalkeeper Carole Braschayko started in goal and managed four saves.
The Dragons finished the 2011 regular season with an 8-8-1 overall record. Their 4-8-1 conference record put them in 10th place, two spots short of making the 2011 NSIC tournament.
BY DANNY DETERMAN