Fan Appreciation Day athletics preview

Fan Appreciation Day athletics preview

SEWARD, Neb. – Saturday has been tabbed Fan Appreciation Day on the Concordia campus. The day will be chock full of Concordia home athletic events (see schedule below), highlighted by the football home opener at 7 p.m. against Hastings. Concordia will also be hosting several prospective athletic recruits as part of the Bulldog Recruit Visit Day. Fans are welcome to attend the pregame tailgate located on the south end of Field House and patio/plaza area. This will get started at 5:30 p.m. Fans can purchase a meal at the tailgate for $5 per person.

Sept. 14 home schedule:

  • 10 a.m. – Concordia Short Course meet (cross country course)
  • 10 a.m. – Volleyball vs. Presentation College (Walz Arena)
  • 12 p.m. – Women’s soccer vs. Sterling College (Bulldog Stadium)
  • 2 p.m. – Men’s soccer vs. Sterling College (Bulldog Stadium)
  • 2 p.m. – Volleyball vs. University of Dallas (Walz Arena)
  • 7 p.m. – Football vs. Hastings (Bulldog Stadium)

Read on for a preview of each team’s Saturday events. All weekend football, soccer and volleyball matches can be watched live online via the Concordia Sports Network.

VOLLEYBALL

(All matches will take place inside Walz Arena)
Saturday:
10 a.m. – Concordia vs. Presentation College (S.D.)
12 p.m. – University of Dallas (Texas) vs. Presentation College
2 p.m. – Concordia vs. University of Dallas

Outlook: The Bulldogs (7-4, 0-2 GPAC) break once again from GPAC play to host a tri-match on Saturday with two very unfamiliar foes coming into Walz Arena. Presentation College of the NAIA’s North Star Athletic Association will bring an overall record of 5-4 into play. The Saints have already played two GPAC opponents, coming up with a five-set victory last week over Mount Marty after falling in four sets to Dakota Wesleyan a few days earlier. Meanwhile, the University of Dallas is 3-5 having played almost exclusively NCAA foes. The Crusaders come from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference of NCAA Division III. The Bulldogs hope to continue their run of success in nonconference play. Head coach Scott Mattera’s squad is 7-2 so far against teams from outside the GPAC.

CROSS COUNTRY

(Held on campus)
10 a.m. – Concordia Short Course meet

Outlook: Hastings will be the only competition for both Concordia’s men’s and women’s cross country teams at Saturday’s Concordia Short Course meet. Both men’s and women’s runners will participate in a 5K race. The meet serves as a tune up before the annual Woody Greeno Invite at Pioneer Park in Lincoln, Neb., on Sept. 21. Several Bulldog cross country alums are also expected to run in the short course meet. Concordia looks set on the men’s side with frontrunners Hayden Hohnholt and Ben Sievert. On the women’s side, sophomore Kim Wood appears primed for a breakout season. Check out the cross country season preview HERE.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

(Bulldog Stadium)
12 p.m. – Concordia vs. Sterling College (Kan.) 

Outlook: Concordia ends a 10-day stretch without a regular-season game when it takes on Friends University in a Friday matinee. The Bulldogs will turn around quickly and challenge Sterling College on Saturday. The Warriors enter the weekend with a mark of 2-1 with wins over SAGU (Texas) and Central Christian (Kan.). Sterling’s top player and leading returning goal scorer is senior Kenya Renteria (12 gls, 7 asts last year), who has not played yet in 2013. The Bulldogs carried an identical 2-1 record prior to Friday’s action. Head coach Greg Henson’s squad has gotten a pair of goals thus far from junior Ashlie Sklenicka in the process of earning wins over Bethel College (Kan.) and the University of Jamestown (N.D.).

MEN’S SOCCER

(Bulldog Stadium)
2 p.m. – Concordia vs. Sterling College (Kan.)

Outlook: Concordia junior Nathan Douglas enters the weekend needing one goal to break the program record for career goals. Douglas has two goals on the season and 31 for his career. Douglas produced the game-winning goal in Concordia’s victory over John Brown University (Ark.) last weekend. Concordia sits at 2-2 on the season. Sterling College is 1-2 with its lone win coming over Dallas Christian. The Warriors play Midland Friday before shifting focus to Concordia. Steward Bortey tops Sterling with two goals. Last season the Warriors of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference went 4-13-2.

FOOTBALL

(Bulldog Stadium)
7 p.m. – Concordia vs. Hastings College

Outlook: Hastings has won five of the last six meetings in the series, including a 34-26 victory in Hastings last season. Bulldog Stadium will be jumping for the home opener under the lights. The game features the unveiling of a new video board and a tribute to Concordia football alum, Derek Rodine, who died in a car accident in late July. The Broncos, led by talented first-year starting quarterback Matt Overmiller, must overcome an emotionally-charged atmosphere in this battle of conference and state rivals.

Concordia’s freshman running back duo of Trey Barnes (Seward, Neb.) and Bryce Collins (Boerne, Texas) ran for a combined 109 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries in the team’s 30-15 win last week at William Jewell College. The development of these two promising young backs will be key for the Bulldogs to take an improving offense to the next level. Last season quarterback Von Thomas topped Concordia with 460 yards on the ground.

13 September 2013