Perfect week allows Bulldogs to sweep GPAC men's soccer honors

By Jake Knabel on Sep. 19, 2017 in Men's Soccer

GPAC release

SEWARD, Neb. – Another week of undefeated action led to the Concordia University men’s soccer team sweeping GPAC weekly accolades. On Tuesday (Sept. 19), the conference named Lewis Rathbone the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Jack Bennett the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. Bennett collected the same defensive award on Sept. 5.

Rathbone has been on a goal scoring binge for head coach Jason Weides’ squad. He recorded his first career hat trick in leading the victory at Waldorf University. He then added another pair of goals in the home win over Kansas Wesleyan University. A native of Manchester, England, Rathbone has scored at least one goal in three-straight games. His seven goals on the year are already a career high. A member of back-to-back GPAC tournament finalists, Rathbone has produced 14 goals in his collegiate career.

Bennett has played all 630 minutes in goal for the Bulldogs this season. Last week he compiled 12 combined saves during wins over Waldorf, 4-2, and Kansas Wesleyan, 3-0. Bennett made a penalty kick save that helped preserve his third shutout of the season in the victory over Waldorf. A native of Oxford, England, Bennett is in his first season as the starting goalkeeper. He owns a goals against average of 0.86 and a save percentage of .838.

The Bulldogs (6-0-1), the lone undefeated team remaining in the GPAC, will return open up conference action on Saturday with a trip to Dakota Wesleyan (3-4). Kickoff from Mitchell, S.D., is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.