Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Male: Sean Doran, Soccer
Doran, a freshman from Dublin, Ireland, has been one of the top-first year players in the GPAC this season. He had a big week that included two goals, pushing his season total to five, as part of a pair of Bulldog wins. Doran’s five goals are the second most in the conference among all players listed as defenders.
Female: Sarah Kortze, Cross CountryKortze, a senior from Rockford, Ill., has been the Bulldogs’ top runner at each meet this season. On Oct. 20 she enjoyed a first-place finish for the first time this season. She clocked in at 17:53 in the 5K course at the Mount Marty Invite to help Concordia to a third-place team finish out of 12 schools in the field.
Saturday is senior day for football and men’s and women’s soccer: All three programs will celebrate senior day on Saturday. Football begins the day at 1 p.m. versus Midland before giving way to a soccer doubleheader. The women take on Northwestern at 5 p.m. prior to the men’s game at 7:30, also against Northwestern. Seventeen football, eight men’s soccer and two women’s soccer seniors will be honored.
Basketball season looming: We are six days away from the first official Concordia women’s basketball game of the 2012-13 season and 10 days away from the men’s basketball opener. Check out our women’s basketball season preview on Thursday on ConcordiaBulldogs.com. The men’s season preview will be released on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Preseason top 25 coaches’ polls for men’s and women’s basketball will be announced by the NAIA later today. The Bulldog women are expected to be highly rated.
Kohlwey takes reins of men’s basketball program: To read more about new head men’s basketball coach Marty Kohlwey, click HERE. Kohlwey takes over for 23-year head coach Grant Schmidt, Concordia’s all-time winningest basketball coach who resigned on Oct. 16.
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.
- Head coach Lisa White’s Bulldogs put together a solid week in which they went 1-0-1 with a 3-1 victory at Briar Cliff on Oct. 20 and a 1-1 tie with rival Nebraska Wesleyan on Oct. 17.
- All four Bulldog goals on the week were scored by different players as Morgan Ihde, Rachel Mussell, Lindsey Spaits and Melissa Stine each found the back of the net on one occasion.
- Mussell’s goal in the win over Briar Cliff allowed her to regain sole possession of the title of top goal scorer in the GPAC. The Buffalo, Minn., native’s 13 goals on the season are 11 more than she scored last season and are the most by a Concordia player since Gentri Brown racked up 19 goals in 2006. In addition, Mussell has scored at least once in nine of Concordia’s 13 games and at least once in seven of the last 10 games.
- With just one goal allowed in each of their last three games, the Bulldogs have lowered their goals allowed per game average from 3.2 to 2.69, a mark that places them at eighth in the conference.
- The improved defensive effort has a lot to do with better play on the back line, which in turn has allowed Concordia keepers to be more effective. ““Our back five were phenomenal,” White said after the Oct. 20 game. “They were a really fluid unit. They read each other well and Donohoue and Fleming were great in their movements. Those two were fantastic in keeping us in control and keeping the ball in our possession.”
- Freshman Elyse Muhle has played every minute in goal over the past three games, making a total of 14 saves. Muhle has played in 622 minutes and has notched 39 saves on the season.
- Junior defender Emily Fleming recorded her team high sixth assist in the 84th minute of the victory at Briar Cliff. Fleming’s half a dozen assists are tied for the second most in the GPAC.
- As a team, the Bulldogs are third in the conference in goals per game (2.08) and tied for fourth in shots on goal per game (8.38).
- With the four points Concordia earned on the week, thanks to a win and a draw, pushed the Bulldogs into a three-way tie for fifth place in the GPAC. Hastings tops the conference with a league mark of 7-0-1. The top eight teams in the standings advance to the GPAC Championships with teams one through four serving as hosts.
- Concordia will finish the regular-season schedule this week with home games versus Doane (9-5, 5-3 GPAC) on Tuesday and against Northwestern (7-5-2, 4-2-1 GPAC) on Saturday. Both games are set to kickoff at 5 p.m. from Bulldog Stadium. The GPAC Tournament begins Oct. 30.
- Concordia’s 18th-ranked men and 23rd-ranked women traveled to Yankton, S.D. on Oct. 20 for the Mount Marty Invite. The Bulldog men claimed second place out of the 14-team field made up of several GPAC rivals. Concordia’s women posted a third-place finish out of 12 schools.
- Senior Sarah Kortze raced to a first place overall finish for the first time this season in a time of 17:53, while teammate and fellow senior Jenna Schwalenberg claimed second place overall in 18:18.
- “We had a very good race,” head coach Kregg Einspahr said. “I thought that Jenna and Sarah had great races and ran very well. We closed the gap considerably between us, Dordt, and Doane. I also thought that Kim Wood had a very good race. She’s never run cross country before and she’s making improvements. Our whole team is really improving and we’ve made some big strides from a few weeks ago.”
- Freshman Kim Wood took third for the team in 19:24 and 16th place overall. Other Bulldogs racing were sophomore Erika Schroeder in 19:40 and freshman Megan Burma in 19:43.
- On the men’s side, junior Hayden Hohnholt took third place overall with a time of 25:52. Senior Colin Morrissey was sixth place overall with a time of 26:01. Junior Beau Billings was 10th place overall in a time of 26:17. Sophomore Charlie Bloomfield took fourth place for the team in 26:40 while sophomore Ben Sievert took fifth for the team in 26:44.
- While he was proud of the effort that both the men’s and women’s teams displayed, Einspahr noted that there is still progress that can be made.
- “It’s good that both teams are having their best races at the end of the season,” Einspahr said. “We have to get better if we want to run well at conference. We still have some room to improve.”
- The Bulldogs will look to finish the season strong on Nov. 3 when they travel to McCook Lake, S.D., to compete in the GPAC Championships with a trip to the Nov. 17 National Championships in Vancouver, Wash., on the line. Last season Einspahr’s women’s team finished in the top 20 at the National Championships for the 17th time in the last 18 years. On the other hand, the Concordia men missed the 2011 National Championships, ending a streak of 10-consecutive appearances.
- Nathan Douglas and the Bulldogs responded to two-straight losses in the week of Oct. 8 with a pair of 2-1 road wins last week. Concordia defeated Nebraska Wesleyan 2-1 in double overtime in Lincoln on Oct. 17 and then squeaked by Briar Cliff 2-1 in Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 20.
- Douglas drilled his team-leading 11th goal (third in the GPAC) in the sixth minute of double overtime to send the Bulldogs to victory over Nebraska Wesleyan. The score gave the junior from Winnipeg, Canada, eight goals in a six-game span.
- While Douglas continued his torrid goal-scoring pace, freshman defender Sean Doran shined brightest with his play in the center of the back line and with his ability to contribute offensively. Doran came up with the key goal in the 82nd minute of the Oct. 17 contest with a game-tying goal to spark the double overtime victory.
- “That was a big moment because we had been knocking on the door, but just couldn’t get a goal,” Bulldog head coach Jason Weides said. “That was a big breath of life for us. Once we equalized we were confident we could get another.”
- Doran, native of Dublin, Ireland, picked up one goal in each game on the week, giving him five goals for the season, which are the second most among all GPAC players listed as defenders. Only Morningside’s Cameron Meter has more goals among defensive players.
- Doran also got the Bulldogs on the board with their first goal in victory at Briar Cliff. The freshman scored off an assist from freshman defender Ben Walker in the 42nd minute. Freshman forward Dean Stevens added the second goal, his third of the season, when he scored in the 76th minute, assisted by freshman midfielder Gideon Soenksen.
- While Douglas was held in check by the Chargers, he still ranks second in the conference in points per game (1.64), goals per game (0.79) and game-winning goals (3) and is fourth in shots on goal per game (1.71).
- Concordia continues to give up 1.0 goal per game on average with 16 goals allowed in 16 games. Only Hastings, at 0.94 goals allowed per game, has been tougher to score upon in the conference this season. The Bulldogs also have a respectable offense that averages 2.0 goals per game, a figure that ranks fourth in the GPAC.
- Concordia’s ability to outscore its opponents by a two-to-one ratio is the result of many more chances on the attack. The Bulldogs have 229 shots (117 on goal) compared to 183 (77 on goal) for their opponents.
- Weides’ club earned a big six points in the GPAC standings with the two wins and currently sits in seventh place. Concordia will likely need to record home wins over Doane (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.) and over Northwestern (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.) in order to host a quarterfinal match in the GPAC Championships, which feature the top eight teams in the final standings.
- Amanda Kisker the Bulldog volleyball team went 2-3 last week, including a five-set home loss to Nebraska Wesleyan to begin the week. Concordia then traveled to the Clarke University Tournament in Dubuque, Iowa, where the Bulldogs rebounded from a pair of losses Oct. 19 by notching two wins on Oct. 20.
- Concordia fell 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 to Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and then 25-16, 25-16, 25-20 to Clarke to close Friday evening. The Bulldogs’ two Friday opponents brought a combined record of 40-13 into the tournament.
- Cardinal Stritch entered the weekend tournament at 19-6 overall and in second place in the North Division of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Wolves of Milwaukee, Wis., overcame 18 digs from Concordia sophomore Carli Smith, 11 kills from senior Amanda Kisker and 21 assists dished out by Kayla James in a near flawless performance.
- Tournament host Clarke began the day at 21-7 overall with a third-place standing in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. The Bulldogs (8-16, 4-8 GPAC) could not stop the hot-hitting Crusaders who won their seventh match in a row with a powerful display at the net. “We came up against two teams on fire tonight,” Concordia head coach Scott Mattera said following the Clarke match.
- Kisker again led Concordia in kills with eight more in the night cap. Sophomore Mariah Schamp added six kills.
- After being handed two straight-set losses on the night before, the Bulldogs responded with a pair of victories on Oct. 20, including a stamina-testing five-match victory over Judson (Ill.) to finish action at the weekend Clarke University Tournament.
- Playing in its fourth match in roughly 18 hours, Concordia showed little fatigue in out-lasting Judson of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, 28-26, 15-25, 25-22, 12-25, 17-15. The Bulldogs had four players put down at least nine kills: Amanda Kisker (14), Amanda Abbott (13), Mariah Schamp (11), Kelsey Dinkel (9).
- “We just beat a very good volleyball team and came back time and time again to do it,” head coach Scott Mattera said. “I'm so proud of how we played in pressure situations. We spread the offense really well. We are at our best when everyone is contributing like that.”
- In the first match of the day, Concordia won going away, 25-19, 25-11, 25-12, in another contest against a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe in Purdue North Central (Ind.). Dinkel continued her elevated play of late with 10 kills in only 15 swings, while sophomore defensive specialist Carli Smith posted three of the Bulldogs’ nine service aces.
- Senior right side Kim Miller returned to the court this weekend after being out due to injury since the Sept. 18 win at Nebraska Wesleyan. Miller’s athleticism provides a big boost at the net both offensively and defensively. The Mason City, Iowa, native had six kills in eight swings in the Bulldogs’ domination of Purdue North Central.
- Smith continues to be one of the most prolific defensive players statistically with her 4.7 digs per set, which ranks second in the GPAC behind Alexis Bart’s 5.0 mark. Meanwhile, Kisker ranks fourth in the conference with 3.4 kills per set.
- Kisker, senior from Lincoln, went over 1,000 career kills in the first set of the loss to the Prairie Wolves on Oct. 16. She now sits at 1,063 kills, including the career high 330 kills she has put down this season. That number tops her previous career high of 315 kills she had last year as a junior. Kisker posted 213 kills as a sophomore and 205 as a freshman. She also went over 700 career digs with 15 versus Nebraska Wesleyan and now has 742.
- Matter’s squad, which has already played seven nationally-ranked teams, will play two additional top 25 opponents out of its remaining four regular-season matches with No. 17 Doane and No. 6 Hastings coming up.
- The Bulldogs return to GPAC action on Wednesday when they travel to Crete, Neb., to play at No. 17 Doane (21-8, 8-4 GPAC) at 7:30 p.m. Concordia closes the week on Saturday with a match at Dordt (20-8, 9-2 GPAC) at 3 p.m.
- Concordia ran into a stout Nebraska Wesleyan defense on Oct. 20 and struggled to a 16-6 loss that snapped a four-game winning streak. The Bulldogs finished with season lows in points and total yards (210) as they lost for the 14th time in their last 15 meetings with the Prairie Wolves in Lincoln.
- “Wesleyan’s defense took away a lot of things we like to do,” Concordia head coach Vance Winter said. “They really dominated us up front. They have an unbelievably good defense, as good as we’ve played against all season. Their defense is as good as advertised.”
- The loss in Lincoln marked the fifth homecoming game Concordia has played in this season. The Bulldogs spoiled homecomings for Dakota State (Sept. 29) and Briar Cliff (Oct. 6) but lost to Hastings (Sept. 15) and Nebraska Wesleyan on their respective homecomings. Concordia treated its own homecoming crowd to a 17-16 stunner over then No. 11 Northwestern on Oct. 13.
- Senior receiver Colten Quinabo enjoyed his best statistical game of the season with team season highs with nine catches and 123 receiving yards. He reeled in his fourth touchdown reception of the season on a 39-yard strike from quarterback Von Thomas in the second quarter of the loss at Nebraska Wesleyan. The Wailuku, Hawaii, native has made himself comfortable in coordinator Curran White’s offense, especially over the last three games in which he’s caught 23 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. He leads the team with 35 receptions for 387 yards despite missing one game due to injury.
- Junior safety Darnell Woods continues to be a pain for opposing quarterbacks. Woods nabbed his team-leading fourth interception of the season (tied for third in the GPAC) on Oct. 20. All four of Phoenix, Ariz., native’s four picks have come over the past four games.
- Junior cornerback Derek Blessing, who came into the Nebraska Wesleyan game averaging 22.1 yards per punt return, was held to three punt returns for 24 yards and two kick returns for 32 yards by the Prairie Wolves. Nebraska Wesleyan head coach Brian Keller told the Lincoln Journal Star after the game that his team was not going to let Blessing hurt them.
- The Prairie Wolves’ block of senior kicker Kenny Zoeller’s extra point attempt snapped a string of 24-consecutive successful PATs for Zoeller. The block marked Zoeller’s first missed extra point since Nov. 12, 2011, when Doane blocked the Spring, Texas, native’s point after try in the first quarter.
- Concordia is now plus-two in turnovers (20 takeaways compared to 18 giveaways) on the season after coming in at minus-one in its most recent outing. The positive turnover margin is a significant improvement from 2011 when the Bulldogs ranked at the bottom of the GPAC at minus-five in turnovers.
- The Bulldogs closed the 2011 season with five-straight losses, including defeats at the hands of Midland, Morningside and Doane – the final three opponents on this season’s schedule. Concordia was able to end a nine-game losing streak to Northwestern with the upset win on Oct. 13.
- Concordia will return to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday for its final home game of the season. The Senior Day contest will feature Midland (3-4, 2-4 GPAC) as the opponent. The Bulldogs are hoping to end a five-game skid in the series against the Warriors, who will attempt to halt a four-game conference losing streak.
23 October 2012
Kicker Kenny Zoeller is one of 17 seniors on the Bulldog football team who will be honored at Saturday's Senior Day game versus Midland.