Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Female: Beth Kohmetscher, Basketball
The Deweese, Neb., native totaled 15 points (5-for-10 shooting), two assists and two steals in 20 minutes of action in the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs’ 92-45 victory at York on Monday. The 5-foot-6 senior guard played in 56 games last season and averaged 4.6 points per game.
Male: Langston Jones, Football
Jones, a junior linebacker from Loveland, Colo., collected seven total tackles, two for loss, and a sack in Concordia’s 23-14 win over Midland on Oct. 27. Jones was the top performer for a defense that limited the Warriors to 118 total yards of offense.
Women’s basketball season tips off: Head coach Drew Olson’s top-ranked Bulldogs began the 2012-13 season with a 92-45 blowout victory at York College on Monday. Bailey Morris led a balanced offensive attack with 18 points. Read more about the victory HERE.
Winter season previews: ConcordiaBulldogs.com began its winter preview series last week with women’s basketball. Catch our men’s basketball preview on Wednesday and get ready for wrestling season with the 2012-13 outlook coming out Wednesday, Nov. 7.
‘Mussell strikes it big’: Bulldog sophomore Rachel Mussell says “When I’m playing soccer, I ask God to help me be cool, calm and collected, to play up to my ability, to be composed and at peace and to have fun. That’s the most important part.” To read more about Mussell, who has enjoyed a breakout season with 13 goals, 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 schedule/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
- Behind a dominant defensive effort, Concordia topped Midland 23-14 on Senior Day at Bulldog Stadium on Oct. 27. The Bulldogs held the Warriors to only 118 total yards of offense, including just 24 yards through the air.
- “Defensively, it was just a great effort because that’s an improving offense,” head coach Vance Winter said after the game. “They’ve been a much improved offense as the season’s gone on. We put them in bad spots to set up the points we scored. It was a great performance.”
- The 118 yards allowed was a season best for defensive coordinator Patrick Daberkow’s unit. The Bulldogs entered play versus Midland at fifth in the GPAC in total defense with an average of 367.4 yards per game. Concordia’s previous season low in yards allowed came on Sept. 22 when the Bulldogs limited Dordt to 245 yards in a 52-12 victory.
- With the win over Midland, Winter attained a career best with five triumphs on the season. It’s the first five-win season for Concordia football since 2004 when then head coach Courtney Meyer’s squad finished at 5-5. With one more victory, the Bulldogs will conclude the season with their first winning campaign since 2001 when Meyer and company went 10-2 and advanced to the NAIA Football Championship Series.
- Quarterback Von Thomas’ 107 yards rushing in the Oct. 27 win marked the second time this season a Bulldog player has gone over the 100-yard plateau. Thomas joined sophomore running back Mitch Reed who rushed for 125 yards in the 45-12 rout of Briar Cliff on Oct. 6. Thomas is the first Concordia quarterback to reach 100 yards rushing a game since Cohl Tufford piled up 208 rushing yards on the way to a 49-21 win over Dakota State on Oct. 1, 2011.
- With 410 rushing yards on the season, Thomas leads the Bulldogs in rushing and is also the top rusher in the GPAC among quarterbacks (ninth among all conference players). The Miami, Fla, native has piled up 1,968 total yards (1,558 passing) and 20 total touchdowns (14 passing, 6 rushing) this season.
- Senior kicker Kenny Zoeller, one of 17 seniors honored before the home finale, drilled three more field goals in the victory over Midland. Zoeller is now 15-for-17 this season on field goal tries and 29-for-44 in his career. He is 26-for-27 on PATs in 2012 and 60-for-62 for his career. His 15 field goals this season are the most in the NAIA.
- Concordia’s defense ranks third in the GPAC with 21 takeaways and has moved up to No. 4 in scoring defense with an average of 20.2 points allowed per game. Offensively, the Bulldogs are fifth in the conference in scoring at 28.6 points per game and fourth in rushing offense with 154.7 yards per game.
- Concordia will finish its season with a pair of away games against ranked opponents. The Bulldogs are at No. 4 Morningside at 1 p.m. Saturday and then close the 2012 campaign on Nov. 10 at No. 24 Doane.
- After a pair of wins during the week of Oct. 22, the Bulldogs struggled to score in falling 2-1 in double overtime to rival Doane on Oct. 23 prior to a 2-0 loss to Northwestern on Senior Day on Oct. 27. Concordia finished the regular season at 11-7 overall and 4-6 in the GPAC, meaning the Bulldogs will enter the GPAC Championships as the No. 7 seed.
- The Oct. 23 meeting with Doane marked the seventh time in the last eight meetings that the two teams needed at least one overtime to decide the outcome. Concordia is now 2-3-2 in those seven overtime contests. “You just know no matter what’s going on with either team that year, it’s going to be a tough, competitive battle,” head coach Jason Weides says. On the season, the Bulldogs are 1-2 in overtime games with the lone win coming over Nebraska Wesleyan on Oct. 17.
- Sophomore midfielder Chris DeFeyter scored Concordia’s only goal on the week off a corner kick delivered by freshman midfielder Gideon Soenksen. With the goal, DeFeyter became the 12th Bulldog to score this season. Junior forward Nathan Douglas, who was shut out on the week, leads the team with 11 goals. Freshman defender Sean Doran comes in next with five goals.
- Senior forward Aaron Skipworth, one of seven Bulldogs who likely played the final game of their careers at Bulldog Stadium on Oct. 27, had two great chances in the loss to Northwestern to take sole possession of the school’s career goals record. Both shots Skipworth put on frame were denied by stellar saves, keeping the Colorado Springs native at 31 career goals. Skipworth also holds the school record for career assists with 17.
- With two home losses to close the regular-season, the Bulldogs finished 2012 with a disappointing record of 4-4 at Bulldog Stadium. Concordia won all eight of its games at home in 2011 and had a streak of 10-straight home victories snapped Sept. 26 in a 2-1 overtime loss to then No. 23 Hastings.
- The Bulldogs remain the second most difficult team to score upon in the GPAC. Concordia has held its opponents to an average of 1.11 goals per game, second to Hastings (0.89).
- The Oct. 27 loss marked only the third time the Bulldogs have been shut out this season. With the last week’s offensive struggles, Concordia dropped to sixth in the conference in goals per game (1.83) after ranking in the top five all season.
- The Bulldogs have a chance to break the school record for wins in a season if they can make a run in the GPAC Championships. With 11 wins, Concordia is one win shy of the school mark of 12 wins set by the 2000 squad that featured Weides as a player.
- The GPAC Championships begin Thursday as the seventh-seeded Bulldogs play at second-seeded Midland (10-5-2, 8-2 GPAC) at 2 p.m. The contest is a rematch of the Oct. 9 meeting that Midland won 3-1 in Fremont. Concordia also fell 3-1 at Midland in the opening round of last season’s GPAC Championships.
- The Bulldogs believed they had No. 19 Doane on the ropes on Oct. 24 before ultimately struggling mightily in the fifth set on the way to a 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 22-25, 15-4 loss in Crete, Neb. Concordia then continued its gauntlet of a road schedule last week with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-14 defeat at second place Dordt on Oct. 27.
- The Bulldogs appeared primed for their first upset of a ranked team this season in the match versus rival Doane as Concordia nearly rallied to win the first set before winning sets three and four.
- "After figuring out our scheme in real time, we really did a great job of taking away what they wanted to do," head coach Scott Mattera said. "Some of the things we did tonight strategically are things we've never done before and I'm so proud of how the girls adapted on the fly."
- Sophomore middle blocker Mariah Schamp enjoyed one of her better performances of the season with six kills on 12 swings and three block assists. Schamp helped contain the Tigers’ powerful Susan Rollman, who still went for 19 kills and six block assists. Schamp is the team leader with 73 total blocks (60 block assists, 13 solos). She now has 167 total blocks for her career.
- Senior outside hitter Amanda Kisker had another big match with 21 kills against Doane. With 26 kills on the week, the Lincoln native climbed to 1,089 career kills. At 3.42 kills per set, Kisker ranks third in the GPAC. Her 356 total kills are fourth most in the conference.
- Sophomore defensive specialist Carli Smith flew past the 800 career digs mark with 21 more on the week. She sits at 821 for her career, including 471 this season. She is second in the GPAC with 4.5 digs per set and second in total digs, just one behind Dordt’s Kayla Broekhuis.
- The Bulldogs have now played eight matches against ranked opponents this season – four non-conference and four inside the GPAC. Concordia will have at least one more match versus a top 25 opponent with No. 6 Hastings visiting Walz Arena on Thursday. The Bulldogs have also played three opponents who were receiving votes at the time of the match.
- Mattera’s squad is now 4-2 in matches decided in five sets, 4-4 in four set contests and 2-12 in straight set matches. Concordia, at home for its final two regular-season matches, sports a mark of 3-3 inside Walz Arena.
- The Thursday home match versus nationally-ranked Hastings will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs then turn around and play Northwestern at 6 p.m. on Saturday when four seniors, including Kisker, will be recognized as part of Senior Day.
- Concordia ended its regular season last week with a pair of shutout losses at home. The Bulldogs were bludgeoned 5-0 by rival Doane on Oct. 23 and then were beaten 4-0 by Northwestern on Senior Day on Oct. 27.
- The Tigers controlled play throughout last Tuesday’s affair and held Concordia to a total of just five shots on the evening. Meanwhile, Doane took advantage of its seven shots on frame, getting a hat trick from Sara Cushing and two goals from Ally Tamerius.
- Led by junior midfielder Jordan Donohoue, junior defender Emily Fleming and junior goalkeeper Jessica Clifford, the Bulldogs responded with a better effort on Senior Day. Action on the field was much more competitive than the final score indicated as Northwestern held just a 14-13 edge in shots.
- “Our first half was fantastic other than the goal they scored,” head coach Lisa White said following the game. “I was really pleased with the effort of the entire team; moving the ball around and keeping possession of the ball.”
- Sophomore forward Rachel Mussell was kept off the scoreboard in back-to-back games for the first time all season. She remains at 13 goals on the season, a figure that places her second in the GPAC. After leading the conference for much of the season, Mussell now sits four goals behind Doane’s Sara Cushing at the top. Cushing has drilled six goals in the last three games for the Tigers.
- Two seniors – Kyleah Bowder and Kelsie Elder – were recognized for their contributions to the program prior to the Oct. 27 game. Bowder has been a fixture in the Bulldog lineup ever since she arrived on campus from her hometown of Lincoln. She has played in 64 career games as a defender. Bowder got her first career goal in the Oct. 13 win over Morningside. Elder has played in 43 career games, including all 15 this season, with one goal and two assists over her four years.
- “It’s pretty surreal,” Bowder said. “It just stinks that I’m never going to play here again. It’s a special place with special people. (Kelsie and I) just talked about how much we love our team. We went to the hall of fame banquet and everyone talked about how you just remember the memories and we’ll always remember our teammates. I just can’t emphasize enough how much they mean to us and made it all worth it.”
- Concordia concluded the regular season at 2-5 at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs fared much better away from home with a mark of 4-3-1.
- Despite getting shut out for only the second and third times this season over the past week, Concordia still ranks third in the GPAC with an average of 1.8 goals per game. On the other hand, the Bulldogs have struggled defensively and rank 10th in the league with 2.93 goals allowed per game.
- Seventh-seeded Concordia looks forward to Tuesday’s 5 p.m. GPAC quarterfinal rematch with second-seeded Doane. The Tigers boast the most potent offensive attack in the GPAC with an average of 3.06 goals per game. The Bulldogs hope to duplicate last season’s opening round result when they got the best of Dakota Wesleyan 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw following two overtimes.
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s nationally-ranked cross country programs have been idle since their strong performances at the Mount Marty Invite on Oct. 20 when the 18th-ranked men finished second out of 14 teams and the 23rd-ranked women raced to a third-place finish amongst the 12-team field.
- Concordia continues to dominate weekly GPAC honors as senior Sarah Kortze and junior Hayden Hohnholt were named GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Cross Country Runners of the Week on Oct. 24. The announcement marked the third such award for each of Einspahr’s men’s and women’s squads. Kortze has now won Runner of the Week honors three times this season having also been cited on Sept. 19 and Oct. 10 by the GPAC. She was also named NAIA National Runner of the Week on Sept. 19. For the first time this season, Hohnholt captured Runner of the Week honors on the men’s side after sophomore Ben Sievert collected the award on Sept. 19 and Oct. 10.
- The Bulldogs will return to action on Saturday when the GPAC Championships are held in McCook Lake, S.D., a flat course that also served as the venue for the Briar Cliff Invite. Berths in the Nov. 17 NAIA National Championships are on the line. The Concordia women have qualified for nationals in 17 of the last 18 years, while the men have earned a trip in 10 of the last 11 years.
- “There are always surprises at the GPAC conference championship,” Einspahr said. “I think both our teams have the ability to compete for the GPAC team championship and finish among the top three teams for both men and women.”
- Continued Einspahr, “Sarah Kortze, Jena Schwalenberg, Ben Sievert, and Hayden Hohnholt have all had great seasons to date. They are healthy and training very well right now. I would expect all of them to be in the race for the individual championship on Saturday. The Homestead course is flat and fast and suits our two teams as well as any we would run.”
- In terms of appearances and overall team finishes since 1980, the Bulldogs have one of the NAIA’s top cross country programs for both men and women. Using a formula created by the NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association, Concordia has top women’s program in the NAIA among current members. Meanwhile, the men rank sixth in the NAIA among current programs when applying the same formula to all National Championships since 1957.
30 October 2012