Bulldogs continue scoring barrage in road win over York
YORK, Neb. – The Bulldogs continued a recent trend of lofty goal totals as they piled up six more on Tuesday night in a 6-2 victory over York College (1-9-1) in York, Neb. All six goals were scored by different individuals as Concordia ran its winning streak to three while tallying five or more goals for the third-straight contest. The Bulldogs improved to 6-4.
For Concordia head coach Jason Weides, the game felt closer than the lopsided final score.
“Overall we were really inconsistent today,” Weides said. “We had spells where played well and spells where we played pretty poorly. There was about a 15-20 minute stretch where we played really well and we were able to get four goals in pretty quick succession.”
The offensive explosion came in the between the 16th and 31st minutes when senior Nathan Douglas, juniors Donal Landrum and Chris DeFeyter and sophomore Dean Stevens all found the back of the net to give Concordia a seemingly commanding 4-0 lead.
However, York responded with an Abdul Sesay goal in the 42nd minute to close the gap to three heading into halftime. The Panthers then picked up a 57th-minute goal from Michael Ortiz to make Weides and the Bulldogs a bit uneasy.
“They had a whole new level of energy once they brought it to 4-2,” Weides said. “And we really struggled for a good chunk of the game after that. Thankfully we were able to get a couple late goals to put the game to bed.”
Those late scores surfaced between the 86th and 88th minutes when Matt Meisinger and Carlos Acosta both recorded their first career goals.
While York made things interesting after its early four-goal deficit, Concordia still got the better of play throughout the majority of the contest. The Bulldogs racked up 30 shots to the Panthers’ seven and held an 18-5 advantage in shots on goal.
Impressively, three Bulldogs have scored at least one goal in each of the last three games – DeFeyter, Douglas and Stevens. Over that stretch, DeFeyter and Douglas both have four goals while Stevens has three. Douglas has also assisted on at least one goal in three-straight games.
“When you score five goals or more, you’re not likely to lose games,” Weides said. “So you’re able to absorb mistakes when you’re not perfect. But we’re not going to score five goals a game, so we’re going to have to start becoming perfect defensively.
“It is good to put the ball in the back of the net and we are taking our chances much better.”
A pair of players were credited with two assists on Tuesday: Douglas and Sells. Douglas is on a tear over with 13 (four goals and five assists) of his 19 points on the season coming over his last three games.
Both Leon and freshman defender Mark Campbell played in their second career games on Tuesday after appearing for the first time on Sunday at Morningside.
The Bulldogs return home and get back to GPAC play on Saturday when Dordt (2-7-1, 0-1-1 GPAC) visits Seward for a 3:30 p.m. contest. Concordia will look to top the Defenders for the third time in the last four meetings and get to 3-0 in conference play for the first time in Weides’ six years as head coach.
2 October 2013