Bulldog Weekly Report (Oct. 29)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week

Female: Jordan Donohoue, Soccer

Donohoue, a senior from Manhattan, Kan., moved to center back last week and starred for a Bulldog squad that went 2-0 and held its opponents to a combined nine shots. Donohoue has served as one of the team’s top performers over the past four years, playing in 68 of 69 games.

Male: Ben Sievert, Cross Country

Sievert, a junior from Frankenmuth, Mich., raced to a second-place individual finish to power the No. 15-ranked Bulldogs to a team title at the Mount Marty Invite on Saturday. Sievert clocked in at 25:27.76, about three seconds off the first-place time. Sievert has earned two GPAC Runner of the Week awards this season.


News and Notes
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Volleyball hosts pink out tonight: Head coach Scott Mattera’s Bulldogs return home on tonight (Tuesday) to host College of Saint Mary (17-14) at 7 p.m. The match has been billed as a ‘pink out,’ which serves as the highlight of Concordia volleyball’s collaboration with the Pink Bandannas organization to support women struggling with breast cancer. Make sure to wear pink to tonight’s match. The Bulldogs will also host a pre-match dinner. For more info, click HERE.

Basketball season previews: If you have been jonesing for basketball season, you’re in luck. Both Bulldog hoops teams are in action on the road on Friday and Saturday. Read our season preview on first-year head men’s basketball coach Ben Limback’s squad HERE. For the outlook on head women’s basketball coach Drew Olson’s Bulldogs, click HERE.

Women’s tennis to hold tryouts on Friday: Concordia women’s tennis will hold tryouts open to all female students on Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. For more information, click 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.

Women’s Soccer

  • Head coach Greg Henson’s Bulldogs appear to be peaking at the right. They followed a recent three-game skid with a pair of home wins last week over teams that rank higher in the league standings. Concordia began the week with a 1-0 win over Midland on Oct. 23 and then closed it with a 3-1 triumph over Briar Cliff on Oct. 26. The victories allowed the Bulldogs (8-7-1, 4-4 GPAC) to clinch a spot in the eight-team GPAC tournament, which begins the quarterfinals on Nov. 7. They still have an outside shot at earning a quarterfinal home game. For recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Seasoned veterans Jordan Donohoue and Emily Fleming were two of the five seniors recognized as part of senior night on Saturday. In a season in which the Bulldogs have been victimized by several injuries to key players, Donohoue and Fleming have remained constants on the pitch. They have both played in 68 career games out of a possible 69 over the last four years. Donohoue missed one game as a sophomore and Fleming missed one game as a freshman.
  • Donohoue, a native of Manhattan, Kan., has been a versatile weapon for Henson this season. She has played in every area of the field without missing a beat. She played center back last week and helped limit Concordia’s opponents to a combined nine shots in the two wins. Donohoue shifted to defender after serving in an attacking role in the Oct. 19 loss at Northwestern.
  • Concordia’s victory over Midland marked the first time this season that it has won a game in which it failed to score at least two goals. The Bulldogs are 7-0-1 when tallying two or more goals and 1-7 when posting less than two goals.
  • Last week’s two wins gives the Bulldogs a shot to reach double figures in victories for the first time since the 2006 squad went 10-7-1 overall. From 2003 to 2006, Concordia averaged exactly 10 wins per season with a high-water mark of 11 when 2012 Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer (Davis) Schwartz starred (holds program record with 88 career goals).
  • Junior forward Ashlie Sklenicka, who hails from Lincoln, Neb., produced her second career multi-goal game with two-first half goals in the team’s latest victory. Sklenicka also drilled a pair of goals in last season’s 5-2 win at Sterling College on Sept. 15. She ranks second to Rachel Mussell (9 goals) for the team goal scoring lead with her career best six tallies.
  • Freshman goalkeeper Chrissy Lind earned her second career shutout by turning in five saves in the win over Midland. It was the first time Concordia won by a 1-0 score since defeating York last season on Sept. 19. Lind, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., has started each of the last 10 games in goal.
  • Three of the five seniors – Donohoue, Fleming and Mehl – started on senior night. Meanwhile, Kayla Asche sat out for the ninth-straight game after injuring her left knee in the conference-opening win over Mount Marty on Sept. 21. The final senior, Jory Schweers, entered the game in the 81st minute and played the rest of the way.
  • The Bulldogs close the regular season this week with a pair of conference battles on the road. Up next is perennial power Hastings (11-4-1, 7-1 GPAC), which sits just a single point behind Morningside for first place in the GPAC. Concordia will play the Broncos at 5 p.m. on Wednesday before shifting focus to its regular-season finale at Dakota Wesleyan (4-10-2, 1-6-1 GPAC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both teams defeated the Bulldogs by an identical 3-1 score last season in Seward.

Cross Country

  • With the conference and national championships looming, head coach Kregg Einspahr’s cross country squads put together their best performances of the 2013 season on Saturday at the Mount Marty Invite in Yankton, S.D. The 15th-ranked Bulldog men took the team title with 38 points, besting a field of 13 teams that included GPAC rivals No. 18 Morningside and No. 24 Dordt. Meanwhile, the Concordia women tied for fourth place out of 12 participating squads.
  • Said Einspahr of the men’s race: “The guys had a tremendous race. We came out and I thought we had some good position but we kind of gave that away in the middle of the race with two and a half miles to go. We were considerably behind in the team scoring behind Dickinson State and Morningside both and we had some guys really start to move and continue to move through the race and just have a great finish on it. I think that was probably our best race of the season.”
  • Senior Beau Billings of Valentine, Neb., shined with his best performance of the season. Billings clocked in at 26:09.42 to place eighth (second on the team) among the 159 individuals who took part in the 8K race. That topped his previous best of 26:43 at the NAIA Preview Meet two weeks earlier.
  • With Billings coming through with a great race, Concordia placed three individuals in the top nine. Ben Sievert continued his great junior season with a second-place finish in a time of 25:57.76 – about three seconds off titlist Dante Carter of Dickinson State. Sievert’s top time came at the NAIA Preview when he checked in at 25:28. Additionally, Hayden Hohnholt of Saratoga, Wyo., finished ninth at the Mount Marty Invite, coming in about four-tenths of a second after Billings as part of a great performance from the Bulldog frontrunners.
  • Sophomore Jordan Potrzeba (13th – 26:15.11) and junior Charlie Bloomfield (17th – 26:21.95) rounded out Concordia’s top five in Yankton. Both times represented individual season bests. Said Einspahr: “In particular, I thought Beau Billings and Charlie Bloomfield had season best races. They put themselves in position to do well today and they came through with great races and that was great to see. They compete extremely well; I’m very pleased with them.”
  • Sophomore Kim Wood posted the top time among Concordia’s 14 competitors at Mount Marty on the women’s side. The Greeley, Neb., finished in 19:32.47 on the 5K course. That time was an improvement of roughly 42 seconds from Wood’s season-opening performance at the Concordia Short Course meet on Sept. 14.
  • The rest of the Bulldogs’ top five on Saturday included junior Renee Williams (27th – 19:53.64), sophomore Megan Burma (36th – 20:07.83), senior Jenean Williams (38th – 20:17.25) and junior Erika Schroeder (41st – 20:20.98). Freshman Ashley Canfield, junior Haley Harpham and sophomore Michaela Curran also finished among the top 50 individuals in the field of 129.
  • “We ran much better today,” Einspahr said of the Concordia women. “We’re a young team and very inexperienced team. Our gals have been practicing really well the last week and a half and they’re working very hard. It’s nice to see the team come out and have their best race of the season. I’m very pleased with how they competed. It was nice to see them finish fourth and have some real good races. I’m very happy with them.”
  • The Bulldogs now enter championship season with the GPAC meet coming up on Saturday, Nov. 9. The GPAC Championships will be hosted by Concordia with the first race getting started at 10:45 a.m. The Bulldog men will look to defend their 2012 team title and win GPAC championships in back-to-back years for the first time under Einspahr.

Football

  • Following a heartbreak road loss at Northwestern a week earlier, the Bulldogs returned home only to get thoroughly outplayed by Doane on Saturday. The Tigers, coming off a bye, rode mobile quarterback Phil Thramer and piled up 259 rushing yards on the way to a 28-7 victory inside Bulldog Stadium. The loss dropped Concordia to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the GPAC. It also pushed the Bulldogs back nine spots to No. 25 in this week’s coaches’ poll and slid them into a jumbled five-way tie for second place in the conference.
  • The 259 rushing yards allowed were a season high against a Concordia unit that entered play ranked second nationally in total defense. The Bulldogs surrendered a previous season worst of 228 rushing yards in the loss at Northwestern. Offensively, Doane’s defense limited the Concordia rushing offense to a season low 88 yards.
  • On the positive side, defensive coordinator Patrick Daberkow’s unit continued to play stingy pass defense. The Tigers had virtually no passing game as they completed only 5 of 12 passes for 41 yards. On the season, opposing quarterbacks are 105-for-210 for 974 yards to go with six touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. Concordia ranks first in the NAIA in pass defense (120.8) and third in pass efficiency defense (87.4).
  • The Bulldogs had hoped to earn a win over Doane and accomplish something that his never been done before in Concordia football history – defeat in-state GPAC rivals Doane, Hastings, Midland and Nebraska Wesleyan all in the same season. The Bulldogs have not swept the Nebraska rivals on their schedule since 1960 when Concordia went 7-1 overall and beat Dana, Doane and Midland.
  • Senior inside linebacker Colton Schneider has been a tackling machine the last two weeks. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound native of Millarville, AB, Canada, suffered an injury in the season opener and missed the next four games. He returned for the homecoming win over Nebraska Wesleyan and made two stops. His role increased at Northwestern where he made nine tackles. On Saturday, Schneider came up to make a career high 12 total tackles, giving him 21 over the last two games.
  • Concordia’s leading tackler, senior safety Darnell Woods, has vaulted into the top 10 of the GPAC in tackles per game after making a team high 13 versus Doane. That tied Woods’ career high for tackles, equaling his 13 stops last season at Nebraska Wesleyan. The Phoenix, Ariz., native has 10 or more tackles in four games this season. He ranks No. 10 in the GPAC in tackles per game (7.9).
  • Head coach Vance Winter and his staff are still searching for more explosion on an offense that was held to 234 total yards against Doane. Concordia’s longest play from scrimmage on Saturday was an 18-yard pass play from junior quarterback Von Thomas to junior receiver Deshawn Eure in the second quarter. Eure was also involved in the team’s longest play from scrimmage this season when he caught a 36-yard toss from Thomas in the season opener at William Jewell.
  • Eure is one of many pass catchers Thomas has spread the ball around to this season. Coming out of the backfield on Saturday, Trey Barnes, Bryce Collins and Jerad Leifeld became the seventh, eighth and ninth different Bulldogs to reach 10 catches in 2013. Receivers Jeff Balz and Derek Klaus top the team with 19 grabs apiece.
  • With 1,746 combined passing and rushing yards, Thomas has accounted for 61.0 percent of the Bulldogs’ yards from scrimmage this season. In the loss to Doane, the Miami, Fla., native had to shoulder more of the load as his 196 total yards represented 83.8 percent of Concordia’s output in a game in which the Tigers stuffed the freshman running back combo of Barnes and Collins.
  • For the first time this season, Concordia will play its second-straight home game when top-ranked Morningside (7-0, 6-0 GPAC) visits Seward for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. The Mustangs have won 22-consecutive GPAC contests dating back to September 2011. They also have the conference’s top scoring offense and defense, providing for an average win margin of 42.7. The Bulldogs hope to pull off the upset and beat Morningside for the first time since a 34-19 victory in Seward on Nov. 15, 2003.

Men’s Soccer

  • After a 3-0 loss to begin the week against on hot Midland squad on Oct. 23, the Bulldogs salvaged the week by winning its regular-season home finale, 4-0, over Briar Cliff on Oct. 26. Seniors Nathan Douglas and Skylar Lewis were honored as part of senior day on Saturday night. The split of the final two home games on the slate puts Concordia at 9-7 overall and 5-3 in conference play, placing it fifth in the league standings. The Bulldogs, who clinched a spot in the eight-team GPAC tournament on Saturday, will host in the GPAC quarterfinals if they can move up into the top four in the standings. For recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Fittingly, Douglas scored Concordia’s first and last goals of the victory over Briar Cliff. The two goals gave the Winnipeg, Canada, native his 12th and 13th scores of the season, topping his previous career high of 11 goals set as both a sophomore and junior. He now has 42 goals in 70 career games. Saturday also marked the third multi-goal game of the season and 11th in the career of Douglas.
  • No player in the GPAC has more combined goals and assists than Douglas, who has a career best six assists in 2013. Douglas is second in the GPAC only to Midland’s Adam Wood in both goals (Wood – 16; Douglas – 13) and points (Wood – 34; Douglas – 32). Concordia’s senior star striker also ranks third in the conference in assists.
  • One more conference victory would guarantee an above .500 league mark and set a school record for GPAC victories in a season. Since the formation of the GPAC in 2000, Concordia’s high-water mark for conference wins is five. Head coach Jason Weides’ 2011 squad, which went 5-4-2 in the GPAC, is the only Concordia men’s soccer team to win five games within the GPAC.
  • Weides has led the Bulldogs to 31 wins (31-20-3) over the past three seasons. Over that stretch, Concordia ranks fourth in the GPAC in both wins and winning percentage. Only Hastings (54-11), Midland (34-16-5) and Northwestern (33-18-4) sport better records among conference teams since the start of the 2011 season.
  • The Bulldogs earned their fourth shutout of the season in the victory over Briar Cliff. For the first time this season, they held the an opponent without a single shot as the Chargers failed to test the goalkeeper combination of Brendan Buchanan, who played 79 minutes, and Lewis, who relieved Buchanan for the final 11 minutes. Douglas outshot Briar Cliff 10-0 all by himself.
  • Concordia ranks fifth in the GPAC in both goals per game (2.19) and goals allowed per game (1.56). The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 35-25 for a plus-10 differential.
  • Junior Chris DeFeyter (six goals) has paired with Douglas to form the conference’s second best goal-scoring teammate duo. The 19 combined goals of DeFeyter and Douglas is second only to Midland’s tandem of Adam Wood and Alan Craig (24 combined goals).
  • Junior forward Donal Landrum moved into a tie with Dean Stevens for third on the team with three goals when he scored in the 60th minute of Saturday’s win. Landrum is a transfer from Arizona Western Community College. He has played in all 16 games this season while making 12 starts.
  • Concordia will make its push to host in the GPAC tournament by closing the regular season with two road games this week. The Bulldogs are at No. 10 Hastings (14-2, 7-1 GPAC) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and prior to traveling to Dakota Wesleyan (8-6-2, 3-4-1 GPAC) for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Saturday. Concordia fell 2-1 in overtime to Hastings three days before a 6-0 victory over Dakota Wesleyan in 2012. Both games were played in Seward.

Volleyball

  • Bulldog volleyball went on the road for three matches within the conference last week and found the going tough, dropping all three in straight sets. However, four of those nine sets were decided by a margin of just two points. Concordia’s three opponents last week – Nebraska Wesleyan, Briar Cliff and No. 18 Dordt – have a combined record of 56-23 (.709). The Bulldogs remain in eighth place in the league standings with a 4-10 GPAC record. Overall, Concordia sits at 15-12. For recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • What has typically worked as winning formula this season for Concordia volleyball, proved otherwise last week. The Bulldogs hit a solid .220 at Nebraska Wesleyan and then .221 at Dordt. Head coach Scott Mattera’s squad had entered last week with a record of 12-1 when posting a hitting percentage of greater than .200. On the season, Concordia is just below the .200 clip with a .198 hitting percentage.
  • Sophomore Claire White put forth perhaps her best match in conference play this season in the loss Saturday at Dordt. Said Mattera, “Claire was unstoppable on the outside.” She finished with 11 kills and 10 digs while hitting .333 on the attack. That performance marked the ninth time this season she has reached double figures in both kills and digs in the same match. She has now hit better than .300 on seven occasions and holds a .187 attack percentage on the year.
  • There’s little doubt that freshman outside hitter Paige Getz has gotten more comfortable as her freshman season begins to wind down. The native of Paola, Kan., went for a career best 15 kills at Nebraska Wesleyan on Oct. 23. Over the last nine matches, Getz leads the team with 104 kills (3.47 kills per set). During that stretch, she has reached double figures in kills in seven matches.
  • White and Getz have combined for 555 kills with White’s 299 leading the team on the season. White ranks seventh in the GPAC with 3.2 kills per set while Getz comes in at No. 17 with 2.7 per set, giving Concordia one of the conference’s most lethal duos on the outside.
  • Concordia has now played five-consecutive matches decided in straight sets, dating back to the home win over Dakota State on Oct. 18. Sixteen of the team’s 27 matches this season have been decided in three sets with the Bulldogs going 9-7 in those contests. Concordia is 3-5 in four-set matches and 3-0 in battles that go five sets.
  • Freshman setter Alayna Kavanaugh has dropped in at least one kill in 10 straight and in 17 of the last 18 matches. Her career high for kills came on Oct. 1 versus Nebraska Wesleyan when she had five. She also now has 16 matches with 30 or more assists after adding two more last week.
  • Through 27 matches, only three Bulldogs have played in every set this season. Getz, junior middle Mariah Schamp and White and have appeared in all 95 sets. Four others have played in more than 90 sets: Kavanaugh (92), junior serve specialist Michala Maurer (94), junior defensive specialist Carli Smith (91) and freshman middle Taylor Workman (92).
  • The Bulldogs are back home for two matches this week, including their final nonconference date of the year with College of Saint Mary (17-14) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Concordia, which is 11-2 in matches outside the conference, will then host Dakota Wesleyan (7-24, 0-13 GPAC) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated Dakota Wesleyan in straight sets in Mitchell, S.D., on Sept. 20. (NOTE: No junior varsity matches will be held this week).

29 October 2013

Jordan Donohoue (No. 19)