Football, men's soccer look to extend winning streaks

Football, men’s soccer look to extend winning streaks

SEWARD, Neb. – A trio of Bulldog teams are in action on Saturday, including a football team aiming for a 5-0 start and a men’s soccer squad hoping to get to 3-0 in conference play. Both teams enter the weekend red hot with the meat of conference schedules looming. In addition, head coach Greg Henson’s women’s soccer program can move back above .500 in league play with a victory over Dordt.

Concordia volleyball, cross country and golf teams have the weekend off.

FOOTBALL
Saturday: No. 17 Concordia (4-0, 2-0 GPAC) at Dordt (1-3, 0-3 GPAC), 1 p.m., Sioux Center, Iowa

Outlook: The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s game a heavy favorite against a Dordt team looking for its first conference win since 2008. Concordia is 4-0 and ranked 17th in the NAIA behind a stifling defense that ranks first in the conference in scoring defense (12.5 ppg – 2nd nationally) and total defense (249.0 ypg – 5th nationally). Its active streaks of 176-straight attempts and 19-consecutive quarters without allowing a rushing touchdown and five quarters in a row without surrendering a single point will be put to the test by a Defender rushing game that ranks third in the GPAC at 235.3 yards per game. However, that total has not translated much in the way of points as Dordt is last in the conference with an average of 15.0 points per game.

The Bulldogs have won each of the last four meetings, including a 52-12 whipping of the Defenders last season in Seward. Head coach Vance Winter’s squad held a 361-245 advantage in total yards and got a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown from Derek Blessing. The victory over Dordt was the start of a four-game win streak and a stretch of nine victories in 12 games heading into this week’s contest. The two teams already have a pair of common opponents this season. The Defenders picked up their lone win, 14-13, at Dakota State and fell, 21-18, at home against Midland. Concordia defeated both of those teams on the road, earning a 35-14 win over Midland and a 24-0 victory last week at Dakota State.

Team leaders
Concordia
Passing: Von Thomas – 683 yards, 66/108 comp/att (61.1 %), 3 td, 2 int, 119.7 eff.
Rushing: Bryce Collins – 67 att, 297 yards, 4.4 avg, 3 td
Receiving: Derek Klaus – 11 catches, 117 yards, 10.6 avg
Tackles: Darnell Woods – 31 (18 solo, 13 ast)

Dordt
Passing: Thomas Newman – 152 yards, 11/27 comp/att (40.7 %), 2 td, 2 int, 97.7 eff.
Rushing: Lenard Manuel – 40 att, 207 yards, 5.2 avg, 1 td
Receiving: Sam Verhulst – 10 catches, 189 yards, 3 td
Tackles: Seth Vande Voort – 43 (23 solo, 20 ast)

Last five meetings
2012: Concordia 52-12
2011: Concordia 21-7
2010: Concordia 24-7
2009: Concordia 28-12
2008: Dordt 17-14

WOMEN’S SOCCER
Saturday: Dordt (0-10, 0-3 GPAC) at Concordia (5-4-1, 1-1 GPAC), 1 p.m., Bulldog Stadium, Seward, Neb.

Outlook: Henson’s crew returns to GPAC action for the remainder of the regular season after stepping outside the conference for two of the past three matches. The Bulldogs are 5-0-1 when scoring two or more goals and have remained competitive in every single game with their largest margin of defeat being just two goals. Concordia owns a plus-eight goal differential (22 goals, 14 goals allowed) compared to Dordt’s minus-39 goal differential (4 goals, 43 goals allowed). The Defenders are trying to snap a streak of 21-straight games without a victory. They came closest to getting their first win of the season on Sept. 14 when they lost 1-0 in double overtime to Friends University. Concordia won last season’s meeting, 3-2, in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Bulldogs got a pair of goals from Rachel Mussell and one from Melissa Stine to capture their third-straight triumph at the time. One more win for Concordia would equal the victory output of last season when the team went 6-9-1 overall.

Team leaders

Concordia
Goals: Rachel Mussell – 7
Assists: Sarah Winnigham – 3
Points: Mussell – 14
Goalkeeper: Chrissy Lind – 2-2-1 record, .808 save %, 1.18 GAA, 21 saves, 381 minutes

Dordt
Goals: Nicole Postman – 4
Assists: McKenzie Markovich – 1
Points: Postman – 8
Goalkeeper: Katie Portman – 0-6 record, .686 save %, 3.79 GAA, 72 saves, 783 minutes

Last five meetings
2012: Concordia 3-2
2011: Concordia 2-0
2010: Dordt 3-2
2009: Dordt 3-0
2008: Dordt 2-1

MEN’S SOCCER
Saturday: Dordt (2-7-1, 0-1-1 GPAC) at Concordia (6-4, 2-0 GPAC), 3:30 p.m., Bulldog Stadium, Seward, Neb.

Outlook: Concordia comes into play on a roll after outscoring its opponents by a combined score of 16-3 during its current three-game winning streak. Led by senior forward Nathan Douglas, the Bulldogs have racked up five or more goals in each of those three games, including two against conference opponents. Douglas is on a tear with 13 of his 19 points on the season coming in the last three games. He has four goals and five assists over those three games, giving him team-leading totals of seven goals and five assists (ties a career high) on the season. The recent scoring binge has vaulted the Bulldogs to third in the conference with 2.4 goals per game and has upped their goal differential to plus-nine (24 goals, 15 goals allowed). Meanwhile, Dordt holds a goal differential of minus-eight (16 goals, 24 goals allowed). The Defenders are coming off a 1-1 draw at Dakota Wesleyan in their most recent contest. Last season Dordt got the upper hand with a 2-0 home victory over Concordia.

Team leaders
Concordia
Goals: Nathan Douglas – 7
Assists: Douglas – 5
Points: Douglas – 19
Goalkeeper: Brendan Buchanan – 6-4 record, .794 save %, 1.41 GAA, 50 saves, 831 minutes

Dordt
Goals: Eric Grootenboer / Brady Van Holland – 4
Assists: Van Holland – 3
Points: Van Holland – 11
Goalkeeper: Jon Brinkerhoff – 1-5-1 record, .717 save %, 2.36 GAA, 43 saves, 647 minutes

Last five meetings
2012: Dordt 2-0
2011: Concordia 4-1
2010: Concordia 3-2
2009: Dordt 2-1
2008: Concordia 1-0

4 October 2013

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