GPAC soccer championships schedule announced
GPAC soccer championships will get underway this week with both the Bulldog men’s and women’s squads receiving No. 7 seeds in the brackets. Head coach Lisa White’s women will travel to second-seeded Doane on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game, while head coach Jason Weides’ men play Thursday at No. 2 Midland at 2 p.m.
White will try to get her team back on track after a pair of lopsided home losses to close the regular-season slate and avenge the 5-0 defeat suffered to Doane last week. The Tigers boast the most potent offensive attack in the GPAC with an average of 3.06 goals per game. Doane freshman Sara Cushing tops the conference with 17 goals – four more than Concordia sophomore Rachel Mussell, who had held the league lead for much of the season. The Bulldogs hope to duplicate last season’s opening round result when they got the best of Dakota Wesleyan 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw following two overtimes.
The Bulldog men also hope for a better outcome in a rematch of a 3-1 Oct. 9 loss at Midland. The Warriors defeated Concordia 3-1 in the opening round of the GPAC Championships last season in a game played in Fremont, Neb. Midland enters play red hot with three-consecutive victories and five in its last six games. The Warriors rank second in the conference with 2.76 goals per game after scoring 11 in a shutout of Mount Marty on Saturday. Midland boasts two of the GPAC’s top strikers in Adam Wood (12 goals) and Alan Craig (11 goals).
Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals. The women’s semifinals will be played Nov. 3. The men’s semifinals are set for Nov. 6.
28 October 2012