Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Athletes of the Week

Female: Sarah Kortze, Cross Country

The Rockford, Ill., native enjoyed one of the best performances ever by a Concordia runner in the 6K at the Woody Greeno Invite on Sept. 15. The senior’s time of 21:54.88 placed her seventh among nearly 300 competitors, including several NCAA Division I participants. She finished first among all GPAC and NAIA runners.

Male: Nathan Douglas, Soccer

Douglas, a native of Winnipeg, Can., found the back of the net for the first time this season with a goal off the penalty kick in the 86th minute of the Bulldogs 2-0 victory at Sterling College on Sept. 15. The junior forward led the team with 11 goals last season and earned Second Team All-GPAC honors.

 

Memories of Aurora shooting stay with Bowers
Concordia men’s basketball student-athlete Andrew Bowers’ harrowing brush with a gunman inside an Aurora movie theater on July 20 is detailed HERE. If you missed his interview with KMTV’s Action 3 News on Monday, watch it online.

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.

Cross Country

  • Concordia standouts Sarah Kortze and Ben Sievert began the cross country season in style on Saturday at the Woody Greeno Invite in Lincoln, Neb. The event, which featured 60 combined men’s and women’s teams and roughly 600 individual runners, saw Kortze race to a seventh-place individual finish amongst a loaded field. She clocked in at 21:54.88 in the 6K, giving her the top time among NAIA participants. Sievert, who finished 26th individually, also recorded the fastest time in comparison to other NAIA runners by finishing in 26:10.21 in the 8K. For complete results from the Greeno Invite, click HERE.
  • As a team, the women placed 11th out of all 32 teams at Pioneers Park. Breaking it down further, the women were sixth among the 26 programs in the College Division and second out of seven GPAC schools, finishing behind only Dordt.
  • On the men’s side, the Bulldogs posted a 12th place finish out of all 28 teams, eighth place out of 24 in the College Division and were No. 1 among the seven GPAC programs.
  • Rounding out the top five Bulldog women’s competitors were Jenna Schwalenberg, who finished in 22:56.53, freshman Kim Wood with a time of 24:01.53, sophomore Renee Williams who came in at 24:37.18 and junior Megan Letts who finished in 25:08.18.
  • Other runners who placed in the Concordia men’s top five were junior Hayedn Hohnholt with a time of 26:35.61, junior Beau Billings in 26:46.81, sophomore Charlie Bloomfield who finished in 27:38.76 and freshman Taylor Mueller in 27:41.81.
  • “Our top three runners ran quite well,” head coach Kregg Einspahr said of his men’s team. “Again we dropped back at our number four and five spots. We have a couple guys who can fill in there. Both (the men and women) are very young at our number four, five, six and seven spots. We’ll continue to get better as the season goes along.”
  • Sievert, a sophomore from Frankenmuth, Mich., was pleased with his first outing of the season: “I was pretty happy with it. I was surprised. I felt a lot better that I usually do for a first meet. We haven’t really done a whole lot of speed yet in practice, but our team did really well today overall.”
  • Kortze also liked the way her teammates performed at the Greeno Invite: “Running as a team, all the freshmen did very well. It was a good start to the season for us. We are a very young team overall and it will take a little bit to get used to the college races for the freshmen, but they’re very hard workers.”
  • For video interviews from the Greeno Invite, visit youtube.com/concordiabulldogs.
  • The women are currently ranked No. 9 in the NAIA coaches’ poll and the men 18th. However, the Bulldog cross country programs rank even higher since 1980. At the request of the NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association, a list of programs with the combined best finishes at the NAIA National Championships was developed. According to this formula, the Concordia women rank as the top NAIA cross country program in the nation, while the men are No. 6.

Football

  • A second-straight five turnover game prevented head coach Vance Winter’s squad from claiming victory at Hastings College on Sept. 15. The host Broncos, who received votes in the latest coaches’ poll, took advantage of the Bulldog miscues and won 34-26 in their Homecoming game.
  • “Offensively, we’re our own worst enemy,” Winter said. “If we don’t make those mistakes, we’re hard to stop.”
  • Concordia is now 0-3 overall and 0-2 in GPAC play with all three losses coming by eight points or less. The Bulldogs fell 45-37 to then No. 13 Benedictine (Kan.) on Aug. 25 prior to a 26-23 defeat to Dakota Wesleyan, receiving votes at the time of the game, on Sept. 8.
  • Hastings quarterback John Dostal got loose for the back-breaking touchdown at the 8:23 mark of the fourth quarter. His 50-yard touchdown run in which he eluded a pair of Bulldog tacklers staked the Bulldogs to a 34-19. Dostal finished with 280 passing yards and 70 rushing.
  • A Bulldog offense that moved the ball affectively and totaled 429 yards was again plagued by turnovers as they lost three fumbles and Thomas fired two interceptions. On the other side, Hastings played turnover free.
  • “It’s the same old thing. It’s just like last week,” Winter said after the game. “Guys aren’t trying to make mistakes. We’re walking a fine line. We have to make those plays and stop making the critical mistakes. Again, we left a lot of things out there.”
  • Sophomore quarterback Von Thomas concluded his day 24-for-43 with 270 yards through the air and one touchdown pass. He again impacted the game significantly with his mobility in rushing for two touchdowns, his third and fourth of the season, and 88 yards on the ground on 12 attempts. Junior running back Aaron Gillory posted 36 yards rushing on 14 carries. Senior Jeff Balz’s 69 yards receiving were tops on the team.
  • Despite the coaching staff’s feelings that a lot of points have been left on the field, the Bulldogs are averaging 28.7 points per game (28th in the NAIA), a full 12 points more than their final average last season.
  • Thomas’ 276.7 total yards per game places him ninth nationally (second in the GPAC) in that category. Junior cornerback Derek Blessing, one of the country’s top return men, rates No. 1 in the NAIA in yards per punt return (21.9), second in punt returns yards (153) and fifth in yards per kickoff return (34.2). Senior kicker Kenny Zoeller, now 7-for-7 this season on field goal tries, leads all NAIA kickers with seven field goal makes and is fifth among kickers nationally with 28 points.
  • The Bulldogs return home for Parent’s Day on Saturday with Dordt College paying a visit to Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Concordia defeated the Defenders 21-7 last Sept. 24 in a game played in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Men’s Soccer

  • Head coach Jason Weides’ team continued its great early-season run with a 2-0 road victory over Sterling College (Kan.) on Sept. 15. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 5-1 on the season with an .833 winning percentage that leads the conference.
  • “We had to grind out a tough contest,” Weides said. “We surrendered possession far easier than we should have and gave them opportunities on quick counters after giveaways on what normally are simple passes for us. We didn't play that well but were able to grind out a victory. It's great to see that even when we don't play to the caliber we expect that we can earn a shutout and score a couple goals.”
  • Freshman forward Dean Stevens scored the first goal in the win over Sterling, giving him two goals on the season – both of which have been game-winners. Stevens is now tied atop the conference in game-winning goals.
  • Through six games, the Bulldogs have been the toughest to score upon in the GPAC, with three shutouts and only three goals allowed. No team has scored more than one goal against Concordia in any single game in 2012.
  • Goalkeepers Brendan Buchanan and Chris Podlich split the shutout against the Warriors as each played 45 minutes. Both Buchanan and Podlich made one save in a game controlled by the Bulldogs.
  • Senior forward Aaron Skipworth continues to lead the conference in assists per game with an average of 0.5. Skipworth has three assists and a total of five points on the season. He also ranks fourth in the GPAC with 1.83 shots on goal per contest.
  • Last year’s leading goal scorer, forward Nathan Douglas, got on the board with his first goal of 2012 thanks to a strike off a penalty kick for the final goal of the Sept. 15 victory. The junior notched 11 goals last season.
  • Concordia carries a nine-game home winning streak into play on Wednesday when it hosts in-state foe York College at 7:30 p.m. In the Bulldogs only home game so far this season, they defeated William Woods (Mo.) 2-1.

Women’s Soccer

  • Junior forward Jordan Donohoue fueled the Bulldogs to their first win on Sept. 15 in a convincing 5-2 decision over previously unbeaten Sterling College (Kan.). The Lady Warriors had entered play with a record of 4-0.
  • “We were a lot more composed on goal. We executed some great passes to set up some clinical finishes,” head coach Lisa White said. “All of our scores really were team effort goals with a lot of people contributing. That was great to see.”
  • Donohoue assisted on three of the five goals to bring her season total to four. The Manhattan, Kan., native’s average of 1.0 assist per game leads the GPAC and ranks fifth in the NAIA. She is also fifth in the conference in points per game with 1.5.
  • Donohoue was far from the only Bulldog to shine in the win. Sophomores Morgan Ihde and Ashlie Sklenicka, both from Lincoln, each knocked in a pair of goals to provide the punch in Concordia’s offensive attack. Neither Ihde nor Sklenicka had tallied a point until Sept. 15. Ihde got the Bulldogs going with the team’s first two goals, the first one coming in the 44th minute. Sklenicka’s final goal capped Concordia’s scoring on the day and put the game out of reach.
  • Considering the difficult early season schedule, the Bulldogs’ 0-3 record entering Sept. 15 was hardly indicative of the team’s level of talent. However, their first win was an important reward for a Concordia team determined to put the early losses behind them. “For our players it’s just affirmation of the direction we are going,” White said. “It was nice to win convincingly. We didn’t just sneak by. Our players have bought in and it’s great for them to get that win.”
  • Sophomore midfielder Rachel Mussell is tied for second in the GPAC with an average of 1.0 goal per game. Her 2.0 points per contest rank third in the league.
  • As a team, the Bulldogs trail only Doane’s 3.5 goals per game for the conference lead. Concordia has 2.75 goals per game through four contests. It also ranks second with 7.25 saves per game.
  • The Bulldogs will host for the second time this season on Wednesday as York College comes to town for a 5 p.m. battle. Concordia lost its home opener 5-4 to the University of Nebraska-Kearney back on Aug. 23.

Volleyball

  • The Bulldog volleyball team fell to 3-9 overall after a trio of straight sets losses over the past week. However, Concordia was highly competitive in seven of those nine sets, losing six games by just two points each.
  • Head coach Scott Mattera’s squad began the week on Sept. 11 with its first home match of the season in what turned out to be a 25-23, 25-22, 25-12 loss to No. 14 Doane. The Bulldogs hung in there with the Tigers by getting 12 kills from senior Amanda Kisker and eight from senior Kim Miller before running out of gas in the third set.
  • The atmosphere inside Walz Arena was spirited and energetic, but Mattera hopes to make it an even more difficult venue for opponents to play at. “This was fantastic. I thought the turnout was great,” Mattera said. “We’ve got to train our crowd to expect to win as much as we do. We’ve got to get our student section up, and we’re training them to cheer and we’re recruiting some of those loud, crazy college students to come in and be our cheerleaders. We’ll get this place rocking and it will be a tough place to play real soon.”
  • Concordia continued GPAC play on Sept. 14 when it dropped a 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 decision to Northwestern on the road. The Red Raiders entered play at 11-3 overall and were in the receiving votes category in the NAIA coaches’ poll. Yet led by some outstanding play by their setters, the Bulldogs gave them all they could handle.
  • “We played fantastically well,” Mattera said. “I would call this the most complete match that we’ve played this season. Jami (Nekoliczak) and Kayla (James) played amazingly well. They spread the offense around. They really stepped it up tonight. The reason nobody had 10 kills was that we spread the ball around so well.” James had 14 assists and Nekoliczak added nine.
  • Kisker and Concordia concluded the week on Sept. 15 with a 26-24, 25-23, 25-16 loss at non-conference Dakota State in Madison, S.D.
  • The Bulldogs have now played five nationally-ranked opponents and two that were receiving votes at the time of the match. Their three victories have come against unranked foes.
  • Sophomore defensive specialist Carli Smith ranks second in the GPAC with 4.7 digs per set, just 0.1 behind Northwestern’s Alexis Bart.
  • Smith and the Bulldogs hit the road Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. match at Nebraska Wesleyan. They return home on Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. contest with Dakota Wesleyan. An alumni match will follow the varsity on Saturday.

 

Golf

  • Both men’s and women’s squads competed in their first GPAC Qualifier events of the 2012-13 season over the past week. The women finished in 11th place on Sept. 11 with a team score of 415 prior to the men’s 10th-place finish after carding a 338 on Sept. 13. Both events were held at Landsmeer Golf Club in Orange City, Iowa.
  • “The high (Sept. 11) was 98 degrees and wind was blowing around 30 miles per hour with gusts above 45 miles per hour,” head coach Brett Muller said of the conditions at the women’s qualifier. “The weather is no excuse, though. Everyone played in the same conditions.  We let the wind affect us too much. We needed to be stronger mentally. The good news is that this was only one qualifier and there are three more to improve and move up in the conference.”
  • Leading the way for the Bulldogs was senior Makenzie Deutschman, who shot a team best 96 and was 13 shots behind leaders Lauren Fitts from Dakota Wesleyan and Emma Wynja who represented Northwestern. Following closely behind her with 99 strokes was senior Chelsea Peck. Next in line for Concordia was sophomore Melissa McIntosh with a score of 104, senior Madison Phillips with 116 and sophomore Jenelle Hallaert at 116.
  • The men experienced more growing pains on Sept. 13 with their young roster. “Even though we played three freshmen, a sophomore, and a junior, our goal was much lower than the score we shot today,” Muller said. “Mitchell Volk did a great job on the back nine to improve by five shots. The back nine is the harder nine so that was good to see from him. As a team we need more consistency and complete rounds of golf. We cannot continue to play well for 10-12 holes and blow up on the others.”
  • Shawn Rodehorst again carded the team’s best individual score, this time with an 11-over-par 82. The Bulldogs’ team total of 338 was 56 strokes off of round one leader Northwestern, the defending GPAC champion. Following Rodehorst for Concordia was junior Sam Defreece and Volk, who both turned in an 85. Freshmen Brock Colclasure and Sam Simonson rounded out the Bulldog five with scores of 86 and 87, respectively.
  • Duetschman continued her steady play on the course this fall by shooting an 84 on back-to-back days at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite in Lincoln. As a team, the Bulldogs finished in eighth place out of 11 teams after carding a two-day 365-377–742 at the Sunday-Monday event.
  • The men began play Monday at the two-day Doane Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln. They entered Tuesday in 10th place with a team score of 344. Rodehorst is currently tied for seventh individually after carding a 78 in round one. The women’s Doane Invite will take place Sept. 24-25 at Wilderness Ridge.

18 September 2012

Nathan Douglas