Bulldog Weekly Report (Oct. 1)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week

Female: Rachel Mussell, Soccer

Mussell scored three times in under 15 minutes of action to fuel a 7-0 rout of Grace University on Sept. 25. It was her second career hat trick. The Buffalo, Minn., native’s seven goals lead the Bulldogs and are tied for third most in the GPAC.

Male: Chris DeFeyter, Soccer

DeFeyter, who hails from Scottsdale, Ariz., posted his first career multi-goal game as the Bulldogs blew away Morningside, 5-1, on Sunday. DeFeyter’s two goals gave him a career high four for the season. Only Nathan Douglas (6) has more among his teammates.


News and Notes
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Homcoming: Next week is homecoming on the Concordia University campus. For more information, including registration details, click HERE.

Nathan Douglas and Chis DeFeyter receive back-to-back weekly GPAC honors:
Senior Nathan Douglas and Chris DeFeyter have each been named the GPAC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week once over the past eight days. Douglas’ honor came on the heels of a two-goal, one-assist performance in Concordia’s 5-0 victory over Mount Marty on Sept. 21. Meanwhile, DeFeyter knocked in a career best two goals to power a 5-1 win over Morningside on Sunday.

Dylan Heithoff picks up national recognition: Senior defensive end Dylan Heithoff was one of six NAIA players named to Beyond Sports Network’s list of National Defensive Players of the Week. Heithoff made nine tackles (3.5 for loss) and two sacks as the Bulldogs shut out Dakota State, 24-0, on Saturday. The complete list of Beyond Sports Network’s weekly honorees can be viewed HERE.

Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.

Football

  • Behind another dominant defensive effort, the Bulldogs ran their record to 4-0 with a 24-0 shutout victory at Dakota State University on Saturday. Concordia improved to 3-0 in road games already this season. The Bulldogs had not won three road games in a season since going 3-2 away from Seward in 2003. Concordia’s average margin of victory in this year’s road contests is 20 points.
  • Concordia, 4-0 for the first time since sharing the GPAC title in 2001, moved up to No. 17 in this week’s national poll. The Bulldogs had not been ranked in consecutive polls since the first two releases of the 2002 season. In 2002, Concordia was placed 12th in the preseason, then dropped to 22nd in the next poll and ultimately fell out of the rankings a week later. The 2001 team earned a national ranking in each of the final nine polls of the season, with a high-water mark of sixth.
  • While the offense struggled to get going in the victory at Dakota State, the defense remained a constant throughout the affair. Defensive coordinator Patrick Daberkow’s unit limited the Trojans to 214 total yards (just 55 passing) and picked off two passes, including one that was returned 23 yards by freshman cornerback Matt Keener for a touchdown to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. The stout Bulldog defense has held each of its first four opponents to less than 300 yards of offense.
  • The Bulldogs continue to lead the GPAC in both scoring (12.5 ppg) and total defense (249.0 ypg). Those figures rank second and fifth, respectively, among the 85 teams in NAIA football. In addition, Concordia ranks fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense (88.3), seventh in pass defense (145.3), 11th in rush defense (103.8), 14th in fewest first downs allowed (64) and 16th in third down defensive conversion rate (30.0 percent).
  • Concordia has also proven to have an opportunistic defense that now owns eight interceptions on the season. With his fourth-quarter pick, Keener (El Segundo, Calif.) became the seventh different Bulldog to intercept a pass this season. Keener’s touchdown was the team’s first defensive score since Darnell Woods returned a pick 48 yards for six points in the 2012 season finale at Doane.
  • Freshman running back Trey Barnes, a Seward native, became the third different player to lead Concordia in rushing in a single game this season when he piled up 74 yards on 13 attempts at Dakota State. Barnes also found the end zone for the sixth time this season. His six rushing touchdowns are the most on the team and are second only to the seven from Dakota Wesleyan’s Francois Barnaud for the GPAC lead. Barnes is tied for 16th among all NAIA players in total touchdowns.
  • Concordia is the only team in the GPAC with three individual rushers who rank in the top 15 on the conference leaderboard. Bryce Collins (8th – 74.3), Barnes (9th – 70.0) and Thomas (14th – 50.5) have contributed to a running game that averages 218.3 yards per game – 16th most in the NAIA. Collins leads the team with 297 total rushing yards on 67 carries.
  • The Bulldogs are the only team in the NAIA that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season. Concordia has held its opponents to active streaks of 176-straight attempts and 19-consecutive quarters without reaching the end zone on the ground.
  • Of the seven touchdowns the Bulldogs have allowed this season, only four have been surrendered by the defense. Two of the three additional touchdowns have been recorded against the Concordia special teams and the other one came by way of a fumble return for six. Take away those three touchdowns and the Bulldogs’ scoring defensive output drops to 7.0 points per game.
  • For the second-straight game, senior defensive end Dylan Heithoff came up with at least one sack. He dropped Dakota State quarterback Cole Whisenhunt behind the line of scrimmage twice. Heithoff, an Elgin, Neb., native, had a big day with nine total tackles (3.5 for loss) to go with his two sacks. His three sacks on the season are the fifth most in the GPAC.
  • Concordia will conclude a stretch of three-straight road games when it travels to Sioux Center, Iowa, on Saturday to battle Dordt (1-3, 0-3 GPAC) at 1 p.m. Last season head coach Vance Winter’s squad cruised to a 52-12 victory over the Defenders in Seward. That win snapped an eight-game losing streak for Concordia, which is 9-3 in its last 12 games. Dordt is winless in conference play, losing three times by an average margin of 36.0 points. The Defenders’ lone win on the season was a 14-13 triumph at Dakota State in their Sept. 7 season-opening game. Concordia has won the last four meetings with Dordt.

Cross Country

  • For the second straight week, head coach Kregg Einsphar’s teams competed in a meet with a talented and large group of competitors. On Sept. 28 the Bulldog men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the 28th annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. Concordia’s 14th-ranked men finished ninth out of 40 teams in the “Division II” grouping at Roy Griak. The Bulldog women ended up 23rd out of 33 squads in their respective division. For a recap of Saturday’s meet, click HERE.
  • Concordia’s men came through with a particularly impressive performance as they recorded a higher place finish than all NAIA schools at the meet. The Bulldogs’ team score of 337 placed them ahead of sixth-ranked Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) and No. 16 Dickinson State (N.D.).
  • Junior Ben Sievert continued his excellent season, racing to a 16th place overall finish and a time of 25:57. That time represented an improvement of roughly two seconds over his mark from the Woody Greeno Invite (Sept. 21), where he took eighth place in the “College Division.” Sievert is already a two-time all-conference honoree and two-time participant at the NAIA National Championships.
  • Senior Hayden Hohnholt followed Sievert with a time of 26:38. Third for the Bulldogs was senior Adam Prahlow in 27:07 (47th place), while sophomore Jordan Potrzeba and senior Beau Billings followed in 27:12 and 27:18, respectively.
  • “I thought Ben Sievert had a break out race,” Einspahr said. “We have a solid bunch behind him too. We have some guys moving around between our three and number nine guys. It’s a positive – if we have one guy who has an off day, another is there to take his place.”
  • In the women’s 6K race, sophomore Kim Wood led the way with a time of 24:53. Sophomore Megan Burma finished in second for Concordia in 25:14. Junior Renee Williams was next in 25:40. Senior Jenean Williams came in fourth for the team, racing to a finish of 25:41. Junior Hayley Harpham was next in 25:56.
  • “We have a young team that’s getting some experience,” Einspahr said. “I think we can run better down the road. We have so many young runners, so this race was a good experience for us. As season the goes on, we are going to get better. I think they will be better at the 5k distance than at the 6k distance.”
  • Of the top seven finishers for Concordia on the men’s side, five improved their times compared to their races at the Woody Greeno meet. The Bulldogs narrowed the gap between their Nos. 1 and 7 runners. Billings improved by 23 seconds, junior Creighton Pearse by 33 seconds and junior Charlie Bloomfield by a whopping 1:21.
  • On the women’s side, Burma duplicated her 25:14 time from Woody Greeno. She was the only Bulldog among the team’s top seven to either improve or remain steady compared to the previous week.
  • Both Bulldog teams will have two weeks to prepare for their next meet, when they head to Lawrence, Kan., to compete in the NAIA National Preview Meet at Rimrock Farm on Saturday, Oct. 12. The 2013 national championships will be held at Rimrock Farm on Nov. 23. The championships were previously held in Vancouver, Wash.

Men’s Soccer

  • Head coach Jason Weides’ Bulldogs had more than a week off before returning to action on Sunday night in Sioux City, Iowa. Concordia jumped out to a 2-0 start in conference play for the first time since 2010 by cruising to a 5-1 victory over host Morningside in its only contest of the week. The win puts the Bulldogs at 5-4 overall.
  • Concordia has outscored its opponents by a combined total of 10-1 over the past two games, getting exactly five goals in each instance. It’s the first time in Weides’ six years as head coach that the Bulldogs have score five or more goals in consecutive games. During the two-game scoring binge, senior Nathan Douglas and junior Chris DeFeyter have knocked in three goals apiece, sophomore Dean Stevens has two goals and junior Daniel Moore and freshman Marcos Leon notched one goal each.
  • DeFeyter enjoyed a career day at Morningside as his two goals gave him the first multi-goal game of his career. Those pair of goals also put him at a career best four goals on the season with nine games still remaining on the regular-season schedule.
  • For the second-straight game, Douglas came through with at least one goal and at least one assist. He continues to add to his program record number of career goals as he tallied his 35th in Sunday’s win. The Winnepeg, Canada, native is currently tied for second in the GPAC with six goals. He’s also third in points with 14.
  • Redshirt freshman defender Marcos Leon of Sonora, Mexico, played his first career collegiate game on Sunday and made an immediate impact. Leon, inserted into the starting lineup at Morningside, drilled a goal from about 30 yards out as part of the big offensive day for the Bulldogs. Said Weides, “He will give us a nice boost for the back half of the season. This was his first game so he was very excited to wear the Concordia blue.”
  • The Bulldogs went 204 minutes without allowing a goal until the Mustangs avoided a shutout with a late score on Sunday. The scoreless string spanned from the end of the Sept. 18 game versus Bethany through Sunday’s game. Of those 204 minutes, junior Brendan Buchanan played all but eight minutes in goal. Concordia has three shutouts so far this season.
  • As a team, the Bulldogs have increased the goals-per-game average to 2.0, which ranks sixth in the GPAC. In addition, Concordia is fifth in the league in goals allowed per game (1.44), sixth in saves per game (5.33), ninth in shots on goal per game (5.11) and 10th in shots per game (10.67).
  • Concordia joins Hastings and Doane as the only three teams with 2-0 GPAC records. In terms of goal differential, the Bulldogs rank fifth in the conference with a plus-five margin. The top four teams in the conference in goal differential are: (1) Midland +19; (2) Dakota Wesleyan +8; (3) Hastings +7; (4) Doane +6.
  • To this point, Weides’ squad has enjoyed more success away from home. The Bulldogs are 3-1 in games played outside of Seward, including a 3-0 mark in true road contests. Concordia is 2-3 at Bulldog Stadium.
  • The Bulldogs will break from GPAC action to play their final nonconference game on the 2013 slate as they travel to nearby York College to take on the Panthers (1-8-1) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Concordia won last year’s meeting by a 3-1 score in a game played inside Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs have won five in a row against York.
  • Concordia returns home on Saturday when it hosts Dordt (2-7, 0-1 GPAC) at 3:30 p.m., following the women’s game. Last season the Defenders won 2-0 in Sioux Center, Iowa, in the only meeting between the two sides.

Women’s Soccer

  • The Bulldogs split a pair of matches on the week, including a narrow 1-0 loss to Morningside on Sunday evening in Sioux City, Iowa. Prior to the meeting with the Mustangs, Concordia pummeled Grace University, 7-0, on Sept. 25 in a game played at Creighton University’s Morrison Stadium. For detailed game recaps on both of last week’s games, click HERE.
  • The seven goals versus Grace were the most for the program since defeating Briar Cliff, 7-0, on Oct. 30, 2010. The team’s previous season high for goals came in a 4-1 victory over Bethel College (Kan.) on Aug. 28. The shutout was Concordia’s first of the season and first since a 1-0 victory over York on Sept. 19, 2012.
  • In the win over Grace, junior forward Rachel Mussell turned in her second career hat trick – and it took her just over 13 minutes of game time to do so. Mussell scored in the second, fourth and 14th minutes to provide a comfortable 3-0 lead early on the game. The Buffalo, Minn., native’s previous career three-goal game came Aug. 23 of last year in a 5-4 loss to NCAA Division II University of Nebraska-Kearney. Mussell also has three career games with exactly two goals.
  • Mussell’s big day has vaulted her into a tie for third on the GPAC leaderboard with seven goals on the season. She finished second in the conference last season with 14 goals. She also currently ranks fifth in the conference in points per game (1.56), third in goals per game (0.78) and eighth in shots per game (1.78).
  • Not only did the Bulldogs set new season bests for goals and goals allowed in the victory over Grace, they also put up a season high 35 shots while limiting the opposition to a season low two shots. With the win, Concordia improved to 5-0 when tallying at least two goals in a game. It is 0-4 when scoring one or no goals in a game.
  • Freshman Chrissy Lind got her second and third-consecutive starts in goal last week. She has played in 225 minutes over that three-game stretch, giving way to sophomore Taylor Wolf for the final 45 minutes of the win over Grace. Wolf saw action in 20 minutes in goal as a freshman.
  • Four Bulldogs all scored their first goals of the season in the win over Grace: seniors Jordan Donohoue and Louisa Mehl, freshman Rachel Brandt and junior Emmalynn Rodriguez. For Brandt and Rodriguez, the goals were the first of their careers. A total of 12 different Bulldogs have combined on the team’s 20 goals. After Mussell’s seven, junior Ashlie Sklenicka comes in next with three goals. Ten different players have recorded exactly one goal.
  • As a team, Concordia ranks second in the GPAC in goals per game (2.22), fourth in goals allowed per game (1.33), sixth in shots per game (15.22), eighth in shots on goal per game (7.67) and 10th in saves per game (4.56).
  • The Bulldogs, who have outscored their opponents 20-12 on the season, rank in a tie for third in the conference with a plus-eight goal differential. Northwestern (plus-11) and Morningside (plus-10) are the only schools with better goal differentials than Concordia among GPAC squads.
  • The Bulldogs will play their final nonconference regular season game of 2013 when they battle College of Saint Mary (8-2) in Omaha, Neb., at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The two teams met in a scrimmage match last season but have not played each other during the regular season since the Flames captured a 2-1 victory over Concordia on Sept. 12, 2009, in Omaha.
  • Concordia closes out the week on Saturday when it hosts Dordt (0-9, 0-1 GPAC) at 1 p.m. Last season the Bulldogs topped the Defenders, 3-2, on the road.

Volleyball

  • A difficult trifecta of GPAC matches awaited Bulldog volleyball last week. The Bulldogs fell to a pair of ranked teams in No. 23 Hastings and No. 7 Northwestern before rebounding with a four-set win over Morningside on Sept. 28. The Bulldogs defeated the Mustangs for the first time since Oct. 6, 2006, and ran their record to 12-7 overall and 3-5 in GPAC action. To read recaps from all of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Head coach Scott Mattera’s squad had already topped last season’s total of 10 wins when it picked up victory No. 11 on Sept. 21. The team’s latest victory gives the program its most wins since the 2007 team went 21-14, concluding a stretch of three-consecutive seasons with 20-plus victories under the direction of then head coach Rachel Miller. The Bulldogs’ three GPAC wins on the season are just one short of the 2012 total.
  • Freshman Paige Getz of Paola, Kan., went for a personal best 14 kills versus Morningside in one of the best performances of her bright young career. Her previous best was 13 kills, a feat she accomplished in three-consecutive matches from Aug. 24 – 30. Her 166 kills are third most on the team behind Claire White’s 225 and Mariah Schamp’s 172. Getz is hitting .159 while appearing in all 69 sets played this season.
  • Junior Michala Maurer continues to excel in her role as a serve specialist. She tallied seven aces last week to bring her season total to 23. The native of Columbus, Neb., has appeared in 68 of 69 sets and has swatted 254 total serves with 20 errors. She posted a career high six service aces in Concordia’s win at Montreat College (N.C.) on Aug. 24.
  • Two of Concordia’s three matches last week were decided in four sets as it went 1-1 in those contests. The Bulldogs are now 3-3 in four-set matches this season. They also own records of 6-4 in straight-set decisions and 3-0 in battles that go to five games.
  • Junior defensive specialist Carli Smith continues to pile up digs at an impressive rate. Her 5.0 digs per set rank second in the GPAC (32nd among all NAIA players) behind only the 5.2 clip produced by Morningside’s Grace Chvatal. This season she went over 1,000 career digs and now has 1,207 in 267 career sets played for an average of 4.52. In addition, the Temecula, Calif., native has 1,712 career receptions and only 111 reception errors, giving her a career serve receive percentage of 93.9.
  • The win over Morningside showcased Concordia’s typical balanced effort both offensively and defensively. Three Bulldogs racked up double figures in kills (Getz – 14, Schamp – 11, White – 10) and four notched 10 or more digs (Smith – 18, Kayla James – 15, Alayna Kavanaugh – 12, White – 10). White has tallied 10 or more kills and 10 or more digs in seven matches this season. Her best statistical performance was a 20-kill, 24-dig day in the Aug. 24 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio).
  • As a team, Concordia ranks fourth in the GPAC in digs per set (15.9), sixth in blocks per set (1.9) and service aces per set (1.6) and eighth in each of the following categories: assists per set (10.7), kills per set (12.2) and hitting percentage (.193).
  • The Bulldogs have a light week with Tuesday’s home match (7:30 p.m.) versus Nebraska Wesleyan (12-2, 4-2 GPAC) being the only contest over the next several days. Last year the two teams split a pair of matches as the road team prevailed in both instances. The Prairie Wolves are an improved team coming off weekend home victories over No. 19 Dordt (three sets) and over Briar Cliff (five sets). The Bulldogs are looking for back-to-back GPAC wins for the second time this season.

Golf

  • The Bulldog men’s golf had the week off from competition while the women played in the two-day NAIA National Preview meet hosted by Doane College at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb., on Sept. 23-24. Concordia finished 13th out of 18 teams with a score of 388-381–769 in the 36-hole tournament.
  • Freshman Amy Ahlers (Albion, Neb.) carded Concordia’s top score with a two-day 86-85–171, placing her 20th amongst an excellent field of competitors. Head coach Brett Muller noted that Ahlers could have easily come in under 80 on the first day but struggled at times with her short game – normally a strength. In her two rounds, Ahlers totaled two birdies, 13 pars, 14 bogeys and seven double bogeys.
  • Freshman Kayla Krueger of Aberdeen, S.D., came in next with a 98-94–192 to place in a tie for 56th. She recorded four pars, seven bogeys and seven double bogeys on the second day of the NAIA Preview meet.
  • Concordia’s 3 through 5 spots were held down by junior Melissa McIntosh (64th – 100-95–195), sophomore Kristen Remm (83rd – 104-107–211) and Allison Schieffer (88th – 120-107–227). Schieffer improved the most of any Bulldog between the two days, knocking 13 strokes off of her Monday total.
  • Ahlers leads the team with an 86.17 average through six rounds. Her season best was an 81 on the second day of the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite. Here are the rest of the individual averages: Jenelle Hallaert (119.0 in two rounds), Krueger (92.0 in six rounds), McIntosh (95.17 in six rounds), Remm (102.25 in four rounds) and Schieffer (106.33 in six rounds).
  • Bulldog women’s golf will end the fall season on Wednesday at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 held at Whispering Creek Golf Club in Sioux City, Iowa. Concordia sits in seventh place in the GPAC after carding a team score of 366 at the first qualifier. Bulldog head coach Brett Muller says the team’s goal is to average a 360 at the four qualifier meets. Individually, McIntosh rests in a tie for 18th place with a first-round 87. Ahlers is tied for 22nd with her 89.
  • The long layoff for the men continues until they get back out on the course on Oct. 8 when they participate in the Morningside Invite in Sioux City. Junior Shawn Rodehorst leads the team with a 77.25 average through four rounds. Freshman Josh Hinrichs is not far behind with his 78.0 average.

1 October 2013

Carli Smith