Bulldog Weekly Report (Oct. 16)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week

Female: Mariah Schamp, Volleyball

Schamp, a native of Arvada, Colo., had a big night on Oct. 8 in Concordia’s only match last week. The junior posted 12 kills on just 17 swings for an incredibly efficient .706 hitting percentage as the Bulldogs defeated York in straight sets. Schamp also received Booster Club Athlete of the Week recognition on Sept. 10.

Male: Nathan Douglas, Soccer / Darnell Woods, Football

Douglas and Woods share male athlete of the week honors after both had big performances last week. Douglas, a senior forward from Winnipeg, Canada, knocked in four goals and assisted another in helping Concordia to wins over Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan. Woods, a senior safety from Phoenix, Ariz., blocked a first quarter field goal attempt and forced two fumbles (one recovered by the Bulldogs) in the win over then No. 22 Nebraska Wesleyan.


News and Notes
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Several Bulldogs receive weekly GPAC honors: Freshman golfer Amy Ahlers finished the fall season on a high note by tying for first place at GPAC Qualifier No. 2. That performance allowed her to earn GPAC Golfer of the Week honors on Oct. 9. Ahlers led the team with an average of 85.29 through seven fall rounds.

This week seniors Derek Blessing (football) and Nathan Douglas (soccer) earned weekly honors from the GPAC. Blessing garnered GPAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades after hauling in two interceptions in Concordia’s win over Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday. Douglas, named GPAC Offensive Player of the Week, has been red hot. He scored four goals and assisted one score to help the Bulldogs to two wins last week.

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.

Men’s Soccer

  • Head coach Jason Weides’ Bulldogs enjoyed a big week with a pair of wins over nearby rivals in Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan. Concordia has now won five of its last six games, including four league victories. The Bulldogs improved their record to 8-5 overall and bumped their conference mark to 4-1. With 12 GPAC points (1 win = 3 points; 1 tie = 1 point), Concordia sits just one point behind conference leaders Northwestern (4-1-1) and Doane (4-1-1). For game recaps of last week’s victories, click HERE.
  • During the current stretch of five wins in six games, the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 23-8 with three victories coming by a margin of four or more goals. In conference games only, Concordia has tallied 17 goals compared to only six for its opponents.
  • Senior Nathan Douglas is playing the best soccer of his career and has provided a large portion of the offensive firepower in recent weeks. The Winnipeg, Canada, native has sizzled with eight goals and six assists over the past six matches. His 11 goals have tied the career high he set as both a sophomore and junior and his six assists represent a career best. His 40 career goals are nine more than the next most in program history.
  • Douglas recorded the second hat trick of his career in last week’s win at Doane. He scored in the 33rd, 55th and 88th minutes. His final score provided the dramatic game-winning tally as he drilled a free kick from 25 yards out to tag the Tigers with their first conference loss of the season. Douglas’ other hat trick came in his freshman season in a 4-3 win at Midland. Douglas’ latest hat trick gave him his 10th career multi-goal game.
  • The Bulldogs piled up three goals at Doane and then four more at home versus Nebraska Wesleyan, pushing the team’s record to 8-0 when scoring two or more goals. Concordia has boosted its goals-per-game average to 2.38 – a figure that ranks fifth best in the GPAC. That number is less than .3 off of Doane, who ranks second in the conference in goals per game.
  • While Douglas provided all of the goal scoring in the win at Doane, he was backed up by plenty of offensive support in Saturday’s 4-2 win. Freshman midfielder Carlos Acosta, junior midfielder Chris DeFeyter and junior midfielder Rajan Kooner each scored a goal apiece in Concordia’s latest victory. For Kooner, a Surrey, Canada, native, it was his first career goal.
  • DeFeyter, who hails from Scottsdale, Ariz., extended his career high goal count to six by knocking in a penalty kick in the 63rd minute of the Oct. 12 victory. DeFeyter now has six goals on the season. He entered this season with three career goals.
  • Douglas and DeFeyter both rank in the top 10 of the conference in goals. Douglas ranks second with just one fewer goal than Midland’s Adam Wood for the GPAC lead. DeFeyter’s six goals are tied for the eighth most in the conference.
  • As a team, Concordia ranks fourth in the conference with a plus-11 goal differential. The top three in the GPAC in goal differential are: Midland (plus-23), Doane (plus-18) and Northwestern (plus-14).
  • The Bulldogs do not have a midweek game, meaning they are focused on Saturday’s matchup with Northwestern at 5 p.m. in Orange City, Iowa. The Red Raiders, at 4-1-1, are tied with Doane at the top of the conference standings. Last season Northwestern defeated Concordia 2-0 in the regular-season finale on senior day in Seward.

Golf

  • Bulldog men’s golf took part in a busy final stretch of the fall season that began on Tuesday, Oct. 8 with the Morningside Invite and ended on Monday with GPAC Qualifier No. 2. Concordia completes the fall with a ninth-place standing in the conference with its two-round total of 317-345–662. The latest qualifier was held at Firethorn Country Club in Lincoln, where conditions were nasty on Monday thanks to cold and windy conditions. For recaps from all fall golf meets, click HERE.
  • Freshman Jared Knoepfel emerged as the big story from Monday’s GPAC qualifier. The native of Fremont, Neb., shot a 78 despite the conditions, setting a new career low. That score allowed Knoepfel to shoot up into a tie for 15th on the individual leaderboard. He shot an 83 at GPAC Qualifier No. 1 and has a two-round total of 161.
  • “Jared played an absolutely amazing round of golf,” head coach Brett Muller said. “He started the day five over par after his first four holes, then played his last 14 holes at two over par. Jared has been working on not letting a bad hole effect more than just one hole. He proved how important that is today. A 78 at Firethorn on any day is a good score. To do it in those conditions is fantastic.”
  • Junior Shawn Rodehorst, a Kearney, Neb., native, came in next with an 86 at GPAC Qualifier No. 2. Rodehorst, who earned all-conference honors last season, sits in 27th with his two-round 78-86–164. Last season Rodehorst finished eighth in the GPAC.
  • Freshman Josh Hinrichs struggled with an uncharacteristically high 93 on Monday’s round. He dropped into a tie for 34th with his 75-93–168. The native of Hastings, Neb., led the Bulldogs at last week’s Nebraska Intercollegiate Meet with by turning in a 79-74–153. The 74 in round two at the Nebraska Intercollegiate was a career best score. That is also the lowest score turned in by any Bulldog golfer this fall season.
  • Sophomore Sam Simonson is the only other Bulldog who has golfed in both qualifying meets. He shot a 99 on Monday after shooting an 81 in the first qualifier. He is tied for 43rd.
  • As a team, Concordia’s varsity shot an average of 324.75 in eight fall rounds. The team’s best score was a 312 on the first day of the Siouxland Invite on Sept. 5. The Bulldogs came in under their average in six of the eight rounds, but the 345 at the second GPAC qualifier (in bad weather conditions) skewed the mean score.
  • Here are the fall averages of each of the 12 Bulldogs who participated in at least one fall meet:
    • Shawn Rodehorst – 79.38 (8 rounds; season low: 76)
    • Josh Hinrichs – 79.75 (8 rounds; season low: 74)
    • Jared Knoepfel – 82.63 (8 rounds; season low: 78)
    • Court Croghan – 84.25 (4 rounds; season low: 81)
    • Brock Colclasure – 84.83 (6 rounds; season low: 79)
    • Sam Mayhall – 85.00 (6 rounds; season low: 79)
    • Sam DeFreece – 85.60 (5 rounds; season low: 80)
    • Sam Simonson – 86.00 (8 rounds; season low: 79)
    • Garrett Suchanek – 86.14 (7 rounds; season low: 79)
    • Grant Worthington – 92 in one round
    • Paul Rempfer – 95 in one round
    • Matt Lehenbauer – 97.00 (2 rounds)
  • The Bulldogs will return to action in the spring with two more GPAC qualifiers. The rest of the spring schedule is to be announced. The Concordia women’s golfers have also completed the fall portion of their schedule.

Volleyball

  • For the second-straight week, head coach Scott Mattera’s Bulldogs played just one mid-week match as part of a light stretch to begin the month of October. Concordia has played only two contests since September ended, going 1-1 in those battles. Last week the Bulldogs ran off a straight sets victory over York (Oct. 8) in another nonconference duel. Concordia is now 13-8 overall and sits in eighth place in the GPAC with a 3-6 league mark.
  • Mattera lauded junior Mariah Schamp for her performance in the victory over York. Last week’s match marked the fifth time this season that Schamp has hit over .500 in a single contest. Her .706 hitting percentage was a season best as she swatted 12 kills on 17 attempts with no errors. Schamp’s .305 hitting percentage on the season ranks fifth best in the GPAC. The Arvada, Colo., native leads Concordia with 70 total blocks.
  • After missing the Oct. 1 loss to Nebraska Wesleyan, junior defensive specialist Carli Smith returned to the court last week. She knocked the rust off and tallied 15 digs, elevating her play in a dominant third set for the Bulldogs. As Mattera says, “Our whole team starts with Carli.”
  • The triumph over York extended Concordia’s winning streak to four in nonconference action. During that run, the Bulldogs have also defeated Dakota State University (S.D.), Presentation College (S.D.) and the University of Dallas. With only College of Saint Mary and Dakota State remaining on the nonconference schedule, Concordia owns a mark of 10-2 against non-GPAC opponents.
  • As a team, the Bulldogs hit a sizzling .354 against the Lady Panthers, marking the third time this season they have hit over .300 in a match. Concordia has won all three of those matches in straight sets, setting a season high with a .511 attack percentage versus Dakota State. The Bulldogs are 10-1 when they hit at least .200 for an entire match. Their lowest hitting percentage in a victory was .164 in a straight-sets win over Dallas.
  • The 25-10 score in the third set of last week’s win was the second-most lopsided set this season in which Concordia has come out on top. The Buldogs’ capped a four-set win over Presentation on Sept. 14 with a 25-8 rout in the final game.
  • Freshman outside hitter Paige Getz has been remarkably consistent of late, going for exactly 14 kills in each of the last three matches. That number equals a career high for the Paola, Kan., native, who also has three contests with exactly 13 kills this season. Getz has edged in front of Schamp, 194-192, for second on the team in kills. Sophomore Claire White tops the Bulldogs with 251 kills.
  • Concordia has several players ranked highly on the GPAC individual leaderboard: Smith ranks second in digs/set (5.0), Schamp ranks fifth in blocks/set (0.9), White ranks fifth in aces/set (0.4) and seventh in kills/set (3.3) and freshman Alayna Kavanaugh ranks seventh in assists/set (7.5).
  • Mattera’s squad embarks on a much busier week that includes two conference matches and one nonconference tilt as it enters the stretch run. It begins Tuesday with a rematch against Doane (12-12, 3-5 GPAC) in Crete at 7:30 p.m. The Tigers picked up a straight-sets win inside Walz Arena on Sept. 17.
  • The Bulldogs will return home for matches on both Friday (Dakota State – 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (Mount Marty – 2:30 p.m.). Concordia already has straight-sets wins away from home over both teams. The Lancers are still searching for their first league win.

Football

  • The unbeaten ride continued for head coach Vance Winter’s 14th-ranked Bulldogs. With another dominant defensive effort, Concordia improved to 6-0 with a 19-3 victory over then No. 22 Nebraska Wesleyan in the NAIA Football Game of the Week. The Bulldogs, tied atop the GPAC with top-ranked Morningside, are one of five remaining undefeated teams in the NAIA. Of the 10 college football programs in the state of Nebraska, Concordia is the only one without a blemish on its record.
  • Nebraska Wesleyan’s second-quarter field goal finally snapped a string of 10-straight quarters in which the Concordia defense had not allowed a single point. However, the Bulldogs kept the Prairie Wolves out of the end zone, making it 13-consecutive quarters without surrendering a touchdown. Defensive coordinator Patrick Daberkow’s impressive unit is responsible for giving up only four touchdowns – all passing – this season. In total, Bulldog opponents have scored seven touchdowns with two coming on special teams and one on defense.
  • Concordia also continued its stretch of 27-consecutive quarters without giving up a rushing touchdown – a streak that spans 251 rush attempts by its opponents. The Bulldogs remain the only NAIA team that has not allowed a rushing touchdown all season. Every other team in the nation has seen its opponent score at least three times on the ground.
  • Despite limiting Nebraska Wesleyan to only 250 total yards on Saturday, Concordia actually moved back one spot to No. 2 nationally in total defense at 240.2 yards per game. Missouri Valley ranks No. 1 with an average of 236.0 yards allowed per contest. However, the Bulldogs remain first in scoring defense (8.8) – three points better than Missouri Valley’s 11.8 figure.
  • Senior cornerback Derek Blessing got on the board with his first two interceptions of the season in the victory. The Ogallala, Neb., native became the eighth different Bulldog to intercept a pass this season. Blessing is tied with freshman Matt Keener and sophomore Tait Sibbel for the team lead.
  • Concordia’s opportunistic secondary is a big reason why the Bulldogs top the GPAC with a plus-10 turnover margin. The Bulldogs have forced 16 turnovers (second in the league to Briar Cliff’s 20 takeaways) while committing just six turnovers. Concordia held a plus-four turnover advantage in the win over Nebraska Wesleyan.
  • While senior safety Darnell Woods registered only three total tackles in the latest win, he made two significant plays in the game. He blocked a field goal attempt on the opening possession of the game and later forced a fumble that teammate Dylan Heithoff recovered. The Phoenix, Ariz., native also recorded a pass breakup.
  • A big part of Concordia’s success this season has been its superior third-down play on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Bulldogs converted 10 of 19 (.526) third down plays while allowing Nebraska Wesleyan to pick up just 3 of 12 (.250) third downs. On the year, the Bulldogs own a 51 percent (53-for-103) success rate on third downs. On the flip side, their opponents have converted just 28 percent (24-for-85) on third down.
  • With eight total tackles on Saturday, senior linebacker Langston Jones edged in front of Woods (40 tackles) for the team lead with 41 stops. The Loveland, Colo., native has made 3.5 tackles for loss. He now has 170 career tackles. Last season he racked up 73 tackles and was named an honorable mention all-conference selection.
  • Junior quarterback Von Thomas has become an even greater running threat this season after leading the team with 460 rushing yards last season. He already has 343 through six games in 2013, giving him an average of 57.2 per game. Freshman running back Trey Barnes has taken over the team lead with 386 yards on the ground. Fellow freshman Bryce Collins has churned out 377 yards.
  • Concordia will hit the road on Saturday to take on Northwestern (3-2, 2-2 GPAC) at 1 p.m. in Orange City, Iowa. Last season the Bulldogs upset the then No. 11 Red Raiders, 17-16, on homecoming at Bulldog Stadium. Northwestern’s losses have come to Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan. The Red Raiders had won nine straight in the series until last year’s contest.

Cross Country

  • Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s men’s and women’s squads got a taste of what the national championships will be like come Nov. 23. On Saturday, Concordia competed at the NAIA National Preview Meet at Rim Rock Farms in Lawrence, Kan., the site of this year’s NAIA Cross Country National Championships.
  • The Concordia men, ranked No. 12 in the most recent national poll, finished sixth among 30 teams at the NAIA Preview and were led by junior Ben Sievert, who raced to a 13th place finish in a scorching 25:28. Senior Hayden Hohnholt was next in 26:24, followed closely by sophomore Jordan Potrzeba in 26:32. Senior Beau Billings and junior Charlie Bloomfield rounded out the top five in 26:43 and 26:45, respectively.
  • “We had a good race, but not a great race,” Einspahr said. “A couple guys ran really well and a couple guys had off days. It was a solid race but not a great race against some good competition.”
  • Freshman Jessamyn Sweet led the Bulldogs on the women’s side as she raced to a time of 19:35. Sophomore Kim Wood was close behind in 19:44. Junior Renee Williams placed 3rd for Concordia in 20:29. Freshman Ashley Canfield and sophomore Megan Burma placed 4th and 5th for the Bulldogs in 20:36 and 20:46 respectively. The women finished 16h out of 30 teams.
  • “I thought we had a solid race against some good competition,” Einspahr said. “I thought Jessamyn Sweet had a good race today. We will continue to get better as the season goes on. We’re a very young team and it was a good learning experience.”
  • Sievert, a native of Frankemuth, Mich., earned GPAC Runner of the Week honors on Oct. 2 after placing 15th at the Roy Griak Invite with a time of 25:57 on the 8K course near St. Paul, Minn. Sievert has shown consistent improvement throughout the early season. His time at Rim Rock Farms was nearly 30 seconds faster than his GPAC-award winning time at Roy Griak.
  • Saturday’s race marked the first time this season that someone other than Wood paced Concordia on the women’s side. Sweet, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., a two-time high school cross country regional champion of Division AA in Colorado, came in 14 seconds ahead of Wood at Rim Rock Farms.
  • Concordia will use its week off to prepare for its next meet in Yankton, S.D. The Bulldogs will head north to compete in the Mount Marty Invite on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Women’s Soccer

  • The Bulldogs lost a pair of narrow decisions to conference opponents last week. They fell 3-1 at Doane on Oct. 9 and then 2-1 to Nebraska Wesleyan on Oct. 12 as part of Concordia’s homecoming Saturday. That leaves head coach Greg Henson’s squad at 6-6-1 overall and 2-3 in GPAC action, placing them in seventh place in the league standings. For game recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Last week’s loss means Concordia is still searching for its first true road win in three tries. The Bulldogs own a tie at College of Saint Mary (10-2-1) and a neutral win over Grace University. Henson’s crew has spent the bulk of the season playing inside Bulldog Stadium, where Concordia is 5-4.
  • The loss at Doane marked the first time this season the Bulldogs have suffered defeat after scoring the game’s first goal. They had entered play with a record of 5-0-1 when scoring first. Junior forward Ashlie Sklenicka scored 10 minutes into play in Crete to give Concordia an early lead. However, the Tigers’ Sara Cushing tied the game about seven minutes later before going on to tally two more goals.
  • Neither Concordia nor Nebraska Wesleyan put a lot of pressure on the opposing keeper in Saturday evening’s homecoming affair. The Bulldogs held the Prairie Wolves to seven shots (three on goal) in keeping within striking distance throughout the contest. However, Concordia fired only six shots, tying its second fewest total for a single game this season. Most of the Bulldogs’ chances came late in the game. They finally got on the scoreboard in the last minute when senior Jordan Donohoue headed in a corner kick from sophomore Sarah Winningham.
  • The homecoming game marked the fourth-straight contest in which Henson used a quartet of freshman in his starting lineup. Freshman defender Megan Brunssen has started each of the first 13 games, Kristin Manley has started 10, first-year goalkeeper Chrissy Lind has started seven times and rookie Jordan McCoy has four starts.
  • As a team, Concordia ranks fifth in the GPAC in goals per game (2.08) and seventh in goals allowed per game (1.46). With five regular-season games to play, the Bulldogs need just one goal to equal last season’s total of 28. The Bulldogs’ six wins have already tied their total from 2012.
  • Through 13 games, four players have fired at least 20 shots: Rachel Mussell (36), Sklenicka (27), Jordan McCoy (22) and Katrina Muther (21). Mussell’s eight goals continue to lead the team. Sklenicka ranks second with four goals. Donohoue, McCoy and Melissa Stine have two goals apiece.
  • The Bulldogs are in the midst of a stretch of a week between games as they have a midweek bye. Concordia returns to the pitch on Saturday to take on Northwestern (6-6-2, 3-2-1) at 3 p.m. in Orange City, Iowa. Last season the Red Raiders got the best of the Bulldogs, 4-0, inside Bulldog Stadium on senior day. Northwestern is 3-0-1 in its last four games with wins over Doane, Mount Marty and Dakota Wesleyan.

16 October 2013

Chris DeFeyter (No. 14)