Senior day preview

Saturday marks Senior Day for football and men’s and women’s soccer as each program will host its final game of the regular-season. A total of 26 seniors – 17 football, seven men’s soccer and two women’s soccer student-athletes – will be recognized for their contributions to Bulldog athletics over their collegiate careers.

Here’s a preview of Saturday’s action from Bulldog Stadium. All three home events can be seen live via the Concordia Sports Network:


Football: Midland (3-4, 2-4 GPAC) at Concordia (4-4, 3-3 GPAC), 1 p.m.


Outlook: Seventeen Concordia seniors will take the field at Bulldog Stadium on Saturday for the final time in their careers, including kicker Kenny Zoeller. The Spring, Texas, native struggled last season, going 6-for-15 on field goal attempts before rebounding to become one of the nation’s top kickers in 2012. Zoeller has connected on 12 field goals in 14 tries and ranks second in the NAIA in field goal makes and is third in total points among kickers (60). Midland has had its most success offensively on the ground with the threesome of Kene Martin (289 yards), Dominic Blood (258 yards) and Mike Karls (243 yards) carrying the load.

The Bulldogs are hoping to snap a five-game losing streak to Midland, who Concordia head coach Vance Winter believes is playing its best football of the season. The Warriors, behind first-year head coach Josh Gehring, give up 213.9 rushing yards per game, but that stat is somewhat skewed by the 467 rush yards they gave up in a 39-20 loss at Northwestern on Oct. 6. Offensively, Midland has received a spark from quarterback Mike Karls, a dual threat who played only sparingly in the team’s first two games this season. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are looking to get their offense back on track after scoring only 23 points over the last two games. Concordia quarterback Von Thomas (14 TD, 10 INT, 1,477 passing yards) has been able to pick apart opposing defenses when his offensive line has held up.

The following football seniors will be recognized on Saturday:
Alex Callan – OL (Wahoo, Neb.)
Daniel Chrismer – OL (St. Charles, Mo.)
Akeem Christian – RB (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Bobby Cody – DL (Alamosa, Colo.)
Will Cox – FB (Paducah, Ky.)
Deleon Dallas – WR (San Diego, Calif.)
Adam Faulstich – OL (Concordia, Mo.)
John Hunter – DB (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Eric Hyde – FB (Lincoln, Neb.)
Kyle Little – LB (Brock, Neb.)
Tom Malander – LB (Fullerton, Neb.)
Micah Pomerenke – OL (Seward, Neb.)
Colten Quinabo – WR (Wailuku, Hawaii)
Lukas Vigil – WR (Durango, Colo.)
Michael Voelker – DL (Linn, Kan.)
Zack Warner – WR (Palmyra, Neb.)
Kenny Zoeller – K (Spring, Texas)


Women’s Soccer: Northwestern (8-6-2, 5-3-1 GPAC) at Concordia (6-7-1, 4-4-1 GPAC), 5 p.m.


Outlook: The Bulldogs will look to shake off a blowout loss to Doane on Tuesday and also end a three-game losing streak versus Northwestern. The fifth-place Red Raiders, who have won three of their last four contests, sit three points in front of seventh-place Concordia in the league standings. Sophomore midfielder Tyler Farr (fifth in the GPAC with eight goals) provides the firepower for a Northwestern squad that averages 1.56 goals per game. Fourth-year head coach Blake Wieking’s Red Raiders, who finished just 4-11-3 overall last season, are also fourth in fewest goals allowed per game at 1.63. Bulldog head coach Lisa White has finished at least .500 in conference play in each of her first two years and is looking to make it a third-straight year with a win on Saturday. Concordia star sophomore forward Rachel Mussell, second in the GPAC with 13 goals, will try to re-gain her grasp on the conference goal title with a big performance against Northwestern. Mussell is the main reason the Bulldogs rank third in the GPAC with 1.93 goals per game. Concordia had played well defensively, allowing only three combined goals in its three games prior to the home loss to Doane this week. With spots in the eight-team conference tournament (beginning Oct. 30) already sewn up, these two teams will jockey for seeding. The Red Raiders have a chance to host an opening round game with a victory on Saturday.

The following women’s soccer seniors will be recognized on Saturday:
Kyleah Bowder – D (Lincoln, Neb.)
Kelsie Elder – MF (Denver, Colo.)


Men’s Soccer: Northwestern (10-5-1, 5-3-1 GPAC) at Concordia (11-6, 4-5 GPAC), 7:30 p.m.


Outlook: Northwestern enters Saturday’s game with wins over Concordia in four of the last five meetings. The Bulldogs only win in the series during that stretch was a 2-1 overtime triumph at Bulldog Stadium in 2010. The Red Raiders’ 2-1 loss to Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday snapped a four-game winning streak that included a 1-0 double overtime victory over then No. 19 Hastings (first GPAC loss since 2009) on Oct. 20. Northwestern fifth-year head coach Dan Swier’s team has two returning 2011 Second Team All-GPAC performers in senior forward Mario Garcia and junior midfielder Nick Hengst. The Red Raiders are sixth in the GPAC with 1.88 goals per game and fourth with 1.25 goals allowed per game. Concordia junior forward Nathan Douglas enters play tied for second in the conference with 11 goals. His 29 for his career are two behind teammate Aaron Skipworth and former Bulldog Bernie Ochoa for the most all-time. Skipworth will be sidelined due to an injury suffered on Oct. 20 at Briar Cliff. At 1.06 goals allowed per game (second in the GPAC), Concordia remains one of the toughest teams to score upon in the league. Tuesday’s loss eliminated the Bulldogs (currently in eighth place) from contention for a first-round home game in the GPAC Championships, but head coach Jason Weides’ club could rise as high as sixth with a win and a Doane loss. The opening round of the GPAC Tournament will be played Nov. 1.

The following men’s soccer seniors will be recognized on Saturday:
Carlos Bolanos – F (Surprise, Ariz.)
Ian Euler – MF (Lincoln, Neb.)
Eric Fox – D (Smithville, Mo.)
Tom Gass – MF (Lincoln, Neb.)
Tyler Kohmetscher – MF (Lincoln, Neb.)
Chris Podlich – GK (Brisbane, Australia)
Aaron Skipworth – F (Colorado Springs, Colo.)


Volleyball: Concordia (10-17, 4-9 GPAC) at Dordt (21-8, 10-2 GPAC), 3 p.m.

Head coach Scott Mattera’s squad will celebrate its senior day on Saturday, Nov. 3 when it hosts Northwestern at 6 p.m. But first Concordia will be on the road to face Dordt in Sioux Center, Iowa, this Saturday. The Defenders, ranked just outside of the top 25, sit in second place in the GPAC having won five of their last six conference matches. Dordt boasts a solid all-around attack, ranking fourth in the GPAC in hitting percentage (.219) and second in blocks per set (2.6). The Bulldogs are looking to halt a four-match conference losing streak. Concordia senior Amanda Kisker is second in the conference in kills per set (3.5) and sophomore Carli Smith is second in digs per set (4.6). Dordt took last year’s meeting in five sets inside Walz Arena.

25 October 2012

Home schedule for Saturday's Senior Day:
Football vs. Midland, 1 p.m.
Women's soccer vs. Northwestern, 5 p.m.
Men's soccer vs. Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. 

Kyleah Bowder (No. 21) is one of 26 seniors who will be recognized at Saturday's tripleheader of Bulldog home events.