Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Male: Nathan Douglas, Soccer
The Winnipeg, Canada, native tallied three of the Bulldogs’ four goals in wins over Central Christian and Mount Marty last week. Douglas is tied for second in the GPAC with eight goals on the season. The junior forward has scored five goals in his past three games.
Female: Amanda Kisker, Volleyball
The senior native of Lincoln, Neb., enjoyed a huge week in which she led the Bulldogs to three victories. Kisker piled up 56 kills in the three matches and hit .311 from outside hitter position for the week. She had her best performance on Oct. 6 in a sweep of Mount Marty, going for 20 kills on 26 swings.
Class of 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees: Rachael (Geidel) Burger (’01), Matthew List (’91), Victor Peter (’56), Jennifer (Davis) Schwartz (’06) and the 1991-92 men’s basketball team will all be inducted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame at Friday’s banquet. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow at 7 p.m. in the Cattle Conference Room. Reservations are required. To read more about the Hall of Fame Class of 2012, click HERE.
Homecoming pep rally to be held at 9 p.m. on Friday: You won’t want to miss the homecoming pep rally, which takes place at 9 p.m. on Friday in Walz Arena. Attendees will be treated to some surprises, including a special video to get it started.
New wrestling room sees first action: The brand new wrestling room inside the renovated PE Building housed its first official practice on Oct. 1. “This facility is huge for our program,” Vote said following practice. “It’s a step in the right direction in going towards that national title that we always want to get.” Check out complete coverage of the first day of practice HERE.
Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://webprod2.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedule/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
- For the third-straight time this season, the Bulldogs were welcomed on the road for the opposition’s homecoming. And for the second-consecutive week, Concordia spoiled the homecoming party, this time breezing by Briar Cliff, 45-12, on Oct. 6 at Memorial Field in Sioux City, Iowa.
- “This was the most complete, physical game we’ve played this season,” head coach Vance Winter said. “We came ready to play. Briar Cliff made some plays early in the game, but we responded. From a blocking and tackling standpoint, this was our best performance of the year.”
- Mitch Reed became the first Bulldog this season to eclipse the 100-yard plateau for a single game. The sophomore from Genoa, Neb., racked up 125 yards rushing and one touchdown on 15 carries, all in the second half of the blowout over the Chargers. Reed’s 39-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter marked the longest rush this season by a Concordia ball carrier.
- Behind Reed’s big day, the Bulldogs posted season highs in total offense (479 yards) and rushing yards (337). The team’s four rushing touchdowns in the game were also a season high, while Concordia’s six total touchdowns tied a season best, equaling its output versus Dordt.
- While the Bulldog defense allows 374.8 total yards of offense per game (fifth in the GPAC), it has thrived on forcing opponents to make mistakes. Concordia caused five more turnovers at Briar Cliff, four on interceptions, to push its season total to 19 takeaways. The Bulldogs own a turnover margin of plus-seven, having committed 12 turnovers of their own. The defense has forced five turnovers in a game on three occasions and has picked off 11 passes, led by the three interceptions of safety Darnell Woods. Defensive backs Derek Blessing and Trey Haggerty have two interceptions apiece.
- Sophomore quarterback Von Thomas surpassed 1,000 yards passing for the season with 135 on Oct. 6. He also added three more touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in the victory. On the season, Thomas is completing 56 percent of his passes and has thrown 12 touchdowns passes compared to six interceptions. In addition, he leads the team in both rushing yards (283) and rushing touchdowns (5).
- The rout of Briar Cliff marked the third-consecutive week in which the Bulldogs have won by three touchdowns or more. Concordia has outscored its opponents 125-31 over the past three weeks, including wins over Dordt and Dakota State. The Bulldogs rank 15th nationally with an average of 35.2 points per game.
- Several Bulldogs rank highly the national statistical leaderboards. Thomas is 24th in the NAIA in total offensive yards per game at 228.3. Blessing remains the top punt returner in the nation with an average of 26.1 yards per return. Blessing is also second in total punt return yards with 235.
- Kicker Kenny Zoeller missed his first field goal this season on Oct. 6, pushing the ball to the left from 42 yards out. However, the Spring, Texas, native remains No. 1 nationally with 11 made field goals and in points among all kickers with 55.
- The Bulldogs return home on Oct. 13 for homecoming versus No. 11 Northwestern (5-1, 3-1 GPAC). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Bulldog Stadium. The nationally-ranked Red Raiders rank seventh nationally in total offense per game (470.8), led by the two-headed rushing attack of Brandon Smith and Theo Bartman.
- Head coach Scott Mattera’s squad enjoyed perhaps its best week of the season, earning three-straight victories in a five-day span last week. The Bulldogs had to rally to defeat both York College (Oct. 2) and Briar Cliff (Oct. 5) in five sets. Concordia then finished with week with its first sweep of the season, making quick work of Mount Marty on Oct. 6.
- Senior outside hitter Amanda Kisker had a big week to power the trio of victories. The Lincoln, Neb., native totaled 56 kills (4.3 per set) over the week, including 20 kills in a near flawless performance versus Mount Marty. Kisker hit an incredible .654 in the team’s most recent win.
- “The numbers were obviously really impressive,” Mattera said. “But this was probably my favorite match of hers, just because of the way she led. She’s been learning how to lead all year and this was a big match for that because of what happened (Oct. 5). Any time we needed a kill, she was just ‘give me the ball, I’ll get it done.’ That’s what we need out of her attitude-wise.”
- Kisker now sits at 972 career kills, including the 204 she recorded during her freshman season at Dana College. She also moved up to No. 3 on the GPAC leaderboard for this season with 3.4 kills per set after her outstanding week. She has put down double-figures in kills in 13 of the team’s 18 matches this season.
- Sophomore defensive specialist Carli Smith continues to be one of the team’s most consistent performers. She piled up 78 combined digs (6.0 per set) in the three victories since Oct. 2. Her ranginess defensively was a big key in the Bulldogs’ big win over Briar Cliff in front of an electric crowd at Walz Arena.
- “I play for the team, and I know that defense runs the game,” Smith said following the team’s Oct. 5 match. “It pumps everyone up when you get that great dig or you get that great play. I knew I needed to step it up for this game, and I think we all did.”
- With 342 digs on the season, Smith is on pace to fly by her season total of 350 last year as a freshman, when she averaged 4.2 digs per set. She has increased her average to 4.9 this year, a number that is currently tied for the conference lead.
- The Bulldogs have moved up to sixth place in the GPAC thanks to two-straight league wins and four victories in the past six conference matches. Three of the team’s five GPAC losses have come against ranked teams and six of Concordia’s 11 losses overall have come to top 25 opponents.
- According to GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra, 14 of the first 41 matches played (34 percent) between conference teams this season have gone to five sets. Two of Concordia’s nine GPAC matches have needed five sets to decide the outcome. The Bulldogs have defeated both Dakota Wesleyan and Briar Cliff in five sets.
- The Bulldogs get another shot at No. 21 Midland (13-8, 5-3 GPAC) on Wednesday when the Warriors come to Seward. Midland swept away Concordia in three sets on Sept. 5. Free ice cream will be provided for students who attend Wednesday’s match.
- The Bulldogs played just one game on the week, taking a 2-1 decision over host Mount Marty on Oct. 6. The victory brought Concordia back to .500 at 2-2 in league play and snapped a two-game GPAC skid.
- “I’m really happy with our determination to make sure we got the win,” head coach Lisa White said. “They pushed each other and pushed hard for the win. I’m happy with their mentality as game went on. It was great to see their desire and how they fought to get the right result. I’m happy with how the team performed.”
- Sophomore forward Rachel Mussell continued to shine as she recorded both Bulldog goals in the victory. Her first goal came off a free kick assist from junior Emily Fleming. The strike staked Concordia (4-5, 2-2 GPAC) to a 1-0 advantage as part of a strong first-half showing.
- The game appeared headed to overtime until Mussell came up big once again. With just one minute remaining, the Buffalo, Minn., native found the back of the net after a shot by sophomore Meredith Hein was dropped by the Lancer goalkeeper.
- The effort marked the third multi-goal game for Mussell, who is tied with Doane’s Courtney Richards for the most goals in the GPAC. Mussell has scored in five-straight games and in seven of the team’s nine games this season. She also tops the conference in points per game (2.56) and goals per game (1.22) and is fifth in shots on goal per game (1.88).
- Junior forward Jordan Donohoue and Fleming, a junior from Gretna, Neb., both sit tied for second in the conference in assists per game at 0.44.
- As a team, the Bulldogs rank third in the GPAC in goals per game (2.11), third in assists per game (1.33) and fourth in shots on goal per game (8.33).
- Mussell and the Bulldogs look forward to a pair of conference games this week. They travel to Midland (1-8-3, 1-2-2 GPAC) on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. contest before returning to Seward on Saturday for homecoming when Morningside (5-4-4, 1-2-2 GPAC) visits Bulldog Stadium. Concordia defeated Morningside 2-0 last season but fell 2-1 to Midland.
- Like Mussell, junior forward Nathan Douglas continued his goal-scoring binge as he led the Bulldogs to two wins last week. Concordia stepped away from conference play on Oct. 3 and shut out a quality Central Christian College (Kan.) team that entered play at 6-3-1 overall. After defeating Central Christian 2-0, Concordia then knocked off Mount Marty on Oct. 6 by the same score to even up its conference record at 2-2.
- “We controlled the play and dominated shots,” head coach Jason Weides said of his team’s performance on Oct. 6. “Defensively we did a great job of not allowing a shot on goal. Despite creating several scoring chances we weren't able to put a few more in the net. I really liked how we dictated the pace of the game. We just need to convert more of our chances in future games.”
- Douglas, a native of Winnepeg, Canada, tallied three combined goals on the week, including both goals in the Mount Marty victory. Douglas now has five goals in the past three games and eight goals overall, all since Sept. 15. Last season he led the team with 11 goals.
- Freshman midfielder Jake Sells became the 11th Bulldog to score a goal this season when sophomore defender Daniel Moore’s strike deflected off of Tiger keeper Alex Akrawi. Sells, who found himself in an opportune place in line with the right post, deposited the ball into the net to break the scoreless tie in the second half of the victory over Central Christian.
- “It really just speaks to our collectiveness as a team,” Sells said of the Bulldogs’ depth. “Nobody’s a superstar. We can all play. We can all get in. We can all score. It really helps the camaraderie of the team. We all know we can count on each other day in and day out.”
- Led by freshman defender Sean Doran and a stout back line, the Bulldogs are the stingiest team in the GPAC. Concordia is tops in the conference in fewest goals allowed per game at 0.67, thanks to six shutouts already this season. The Bulldogs now rank fifth in the NAIA in shutouts.
- The blanking of Mount Marty marked the third-straight shutout for Concordia with senior goalkeeper Chris Podlich getting credit for two of those. Sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Buchanan also has two shutouts on the season.
- The Bulldogs also rank No. 3 in the conference in goals per game at 2.08. Individually, Douglas has vaulted up to No. 2 in the GPAC in goals per game (0.8) and points per game (1.6). Senior forward Aaron Skipworth is second in the league with 0.44 assists per game.
- At 9-3 overall, Concordia is three wins shy of the school record of 12 wins in a season set by the 2000 Bulldog squad that featured Weides as one of its top players.
- Douglas and the Bulldogs will be on the road again on Tuesday when they play at Midland (5-4-2, 3-1 GPAC) at 4 p.m. They return home on Oct. 13 for homecoming when they take on Morningside (4-8-1, 2-2-1 GPAC) at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs topped Midland 1-0 at home last season prior to tying Morningside 2-2 (2 OT) on the road.
- Temperatures that hovered in the lows 30s couldn’t slow the 19th-ranked Concordia Bulldog men’s and women’s cross country teams as they traveled to McCook Lake, S.D., on Oct. 6 to compete in the Briar Cliff Invitational. The men finished third out of 14 teams, while the women concluded the meet in fourth place amongst the 16-team field.
- Leading the way to a third place overall finish for the women was senior Sarah Kortze who raced to a second place finish with a time of 17:48 on the 5K course. Not far behind her was senior Jena Schwalenberg who earned a fifth place finish with a time of 18:13. Other Bulldogs performing well was freshman Megan Burma with a time of 19:16, sophomore Erika Schroeder in 19:26.45 and freshman Kim Wood in 19:26.70.
- “I thought we ran well,” head coach Kregg Einspahr said. “There was a big gap between our number two and three, four and five runners again. Our younger runners are continuing to improve and have had some good races, but we have some work to do if we are going to be a top team in the conference. Our three, four, five, six and seven runners are young and some have never even ran cross country before. But they are continuing to improve and that’s a big positive.”
- On the men’s side, sophomore Ben Sievert placed third coming in at 25:14, and helped pave the way for a third place overall finish by the team. Junior Hayden Hohnholt placed 11th overall with a time of 25:46 followed closely by senior Collin Morrissey who made his season debut with a time of 26:00. Other Bulldogs scoring points was freshman Jordan Potrzeba in 26:08 and junior Beau Billings in 26:12.
- “It was the best race of the season,” Einspahr said. “We did a better job at closing the gap between our three, four and five runners. I thought that Collin, Jordan and Adam did a really good job today. Having Collin back helped immensely in the team finish. Prahlow is also back and is getting healthy. We have to continue to get better and we are getting better. There are a lot of lessons to take away from today and there are some things to improve on.”
- The Bulldogs take next weekend off before beginning the second half of their season with a trip to Yankton, S.D., on Oct. 20 to compete in the Mount Marty Invite to be held at the Regional Center.
- Just one more event remains in the fall season for head coach Brett Muller’s golf programs. His women’s squad completed its fall season on Oct. 3 at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course in Lincoln. After two rounds of GPAC qualifying competition in the books, the Bulldogs sit in 11th place with a score of 415-392–807.
- Seniors Makenzie Deutschman and Chelsea Peck sit tied for 27th individually with an identical 191 after 36-holes at the fall GPAC qualifiers.
- Deutschman, playing in her final meet as a Bulldog, posted a 95 on Oct. 3 at the par-71 course to conclude her collegiate golf career. The performance was one stroke better than the North Platte, Neb., native’s score from the Sept. 11 qualifier, but was 13 strokes higher than her most recent 18-hole outing at Wilderness Ridge.
- “I think she put a little extra pressure on herself,” Muller said of Deutschman’s Oct. 3 effort. “She really wanted to shoot a low score.” Muller added, “The last year-and-a-half Makenzie has been a team captain and the leader of the team. Her work ethic will be greatly missed. She should be proud of what she has accomplished in her time at Concordia.”
- Duetschman, who will student teach this coming spring, had carded the Bulldogs’ lowest score at each event this season until the second GPAC Qualifier when senior teammate Chelsea Peck notched a 92. Following the senior duo was the trio of Melissa McIntosh (102), Janelle Hallaert (103) and Madison Phillips (108).
- Duetschman finishes her final season with an 18-hole average of 88.4. Peck, who will compete in the spring season, concluded the fall with an average of 93.3.
- The Bulldog women will pick play back up in the spring of 2013. Two more GPAC Qualifier events will be held in the spring.
- The men will hold their final GPAC Qualifier of the fall on Wednesday in Sioux City, Iowa. They will enter action in 10th place after carding a team score of 338 at GPAC Qualifier No. 1 on Sept. 13. Freshman Shawn Rodehorst led the Bulldogs with an 82, which tied him for 40th place. Rohehorst’s 18-hole average of 77.14 is best on the team.
9 October 2012