2009 - Men's Soccer schedule/results

4-13-1 Overall, 2-9-1 GPAC - Season Statistics

AUGUST

Aug. 22 Alumni Game Seward, Neb.  
Aug. 27 York College York, Neb. W 3-1
Aug. 29 William Penn University Seward, Neb. L 0-1 (2 OT)
Aug. 30 Benedictine College Seward, Neb. L 0-2

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 1 Sterling College Sterling, Kan. W 1-0
Sept. 5 McPherson College Seward, Neb. L 0-3
Sept. 9 Kansas Wesleyan University Salina, Kan. L 1-4
Sept. 16 Dana College* Blair, Neb. L 1-2 (OT)
Sept. 19 Morningside College* Seward, Neb. L 0-1
Sept. 22 Doane College* Seward, Neb. L 2-3 (2 OT)
Sept. 26 Dordt College* Sioux Center, Iowa L 1-2

OCTOBER

Oct. 3 Mount Marty College* Seward, Neb. T 0-0 (2 OT)
Oct. 6 #20 Hastings College* Seward, Neb. L 1-2
Oct. 10 Briar Cliff University* Sioux City, Iowa L 0-2
Oct. 14 Midland Lutheran* Seward, Neb. W 2-1
Oct. 17 Northwestern College* Orange City, Iowa L 1-2
Oct. 21 Nebraska Wesleyan* Lincoln, Neb. L 1-4
Oct. 24 Dakota Wesleyan* Seward, Neb. L 1-4
Oct. 31 University of Sioux Falls* Sioux Falls, S.D. L 0-3

*Great Plains Athletic Conference Games

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2009 - Men's Soccer roster

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

Hometown

Previous School

00

Nathan Broekemeier

GK

6-0

Fr.

Norfolk, Neb.

Norfolk

1

Chris Podlich

GK

6-0

Fr.

Brisbane, Australia

Grace Lutheran

2

Braun Pacheco

D

5-10

Fr.

Ogden, Utah

Bonneville

3

Nick Esser

F

5-7

So.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Lutheran

4

Eric Fox

D

5-10

Fr.

Smithville, Mo.

Smithville

5

Alex Jorgensen

MF

6-0

Sr.

Lincoln, Neb.

North Star

6

Kurt O'Kelly

D

5-11

So.

Littleton, Colo.

Lutheran Parker

7

Kolt O'Kelly

F

5-11

So.

Littleton, Colo.

Lutheran Parker

8

Matt Brink

MF

5-7

So.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Lutheran

9

Joel Neihardt

D

6-1

Sr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Lutheran

10

Todd May

MF

6-1

Fr.

Vancouver, Canada

Douglas College

11

Kyle Neumann

MF

6-2

Sr.

Collinsville, Okla.

Lutheran Westland

12

Jacob Lias

D

5-6

Jr.

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Lincoln

13

Nate Friesner

F

5-11

Fr.

Shawnee, Kan.

Mill Valley

14

Kraig Hein

F

5-7

Sr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Lutheran

15

Tyler Groskurth

M

5-10

So.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Lutheran

16

George Lara

M

5-9

Jr.

El Paso, Texas

Andress

17

Raul Lopez

D

5-8

So.

El Paso, Texas

Andress

18

Tyler Kohmetscher

MF

5-10

Fr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Southeast

19

Danny Geu

D

6-1

Jr.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Pinecreek

20

Nick Arrigo

D

5-11

Fr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Northstar

21

Lucas Garbers

MF

5-8

Fr.

Seward, Neb.

Seward

22

Evan Gahan

F

5-9

Sr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Lutheran

23

Ian Euler

F

5-11

Fr.

Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln Northstar

24

Nathanael Steadman

MF

5-9

Jr.

Lake Ozark, Mo.

School of the Osage

25

Ryan Sanft

MF

5-10

Fr.

St. Louis, Mo.

Lutheran

27

Jan Hudak

MF

5-10

Fr.

Liptovsky Ondrej, Slovakia

Saint Paul Lutheran

2009 Coaching Staff

Head coach: Jason Weides

Assistant coach: Mike Borst

Concordia earns 3-1 win over York College

27 AUG 2009

Concordia University 3, York College 1 (view stats)

The Concordia University men’s soccer team defeated York College by the score of 3-1 on Thursday evening in York.  The Panthers took an early 1-0 lead, but the Bulldogs rallied for the win.

The Panthers scored on the first shot of the game. Concordia junior midfielder George Lara responded with a goal off an assist by Kolt O’Kelly to tie the game at 1-1 heading into halftime.  

The second half was dominated by Concordia.  A.J. Jorgensen and Evan Gahan each scored, and the Bulldogs controlled the game and the time of possession battle down the stretch.  Concordia head coach Jason Weides was happy with the way his team responded after the early deficit.    

“We really out-possessed York tonight,” said Weides.  “They had the one pretty good scoring chance early, and they took advantage of it.  I really thought we missed some opportunities to extend the lead in the second half, but overall we really improved our play.”

Bulldogs fall in double overtime

29 AUG 2009

Concordia University 0, William Penn 1 (view stats)

Nik Rule scored in the second overtime as William Penn snuck past Concordia 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in Seward.  The Statesmen moved to 1-0 on the season with the win, and Concordia dropped to 1-1 with the loss.

Both teams had quality offensive opportunities at different points of the game, but strong defense and solid goaltending by Tadeo Cavazos of William Penn and Chris Podlich of Concordia kept the game scoreless.  In the second overtime, a downfield pass caught Podlich and the Concordia defenders out of position, and Rule scored the game-winner for the Statesmen.   

Concordia head coach Jason Weides commented on the disappointment of the loss.  “I can’t fault the effort of our guys,” said Weides.  “We just didn’t do the simple things very well today.  That put a lot of pressure on our defense, and we came up short.”    

William Penn held a 14-12 advantage in shots in the game.  The Statesmen had nine shots on goal compared to five for the Bulldogs.  WPU also had seven corner kicks compared to just three for Concordia.

Benedictine defeats Concordia 2-0

30 AUG 2009

Concordia University 0, Benedictine College 2 (view stats)

Benedictine College defeated Concordia by the score of 2-0 on Sunday evening in Seward.  The Ravens moved to 1-0 on the year with the win, and Concordia dropped its second straight game to fall to 1-2 on the season.  

The Bulldogs struggled to find any offensive rhythm for the second straight game.  The Ravens held a commanding 14-4 shot advantage in the contest.  Sean Lewis scored the opening goal of the game for Benedictine off an assist by Brendan Whatley, and Kyle Greig scored the other goal for the Ravens.

Kolt O’Kelly had two shots, and Matt Brink and Kraig Hein added a shot each for the Bulldogs.  Chris Podlich (1-2) made five saves for Concordia, and Tanner Fox earned the shutout in goal for the Ravens.

Concordia travels to Sterling College on Tuesday and then returns home to host McPherson College on Sept. 5 in a 7 p.m. contest at Bulldog Stadium.

Concordia tops Sterling College 1-0

1 SEP 2009

Concordia University 1, Sterling College 0 (view stats)

Concordia defeated Sterling College by the score of 1-0 on Tuesday evening.  The Bulldogs improved to 2-2 on the year with the victory. 

The Bulldogs scored in the 24th minute.  An errant Sterling College pass resulted in an “own goal” and gave Concordia the 1-0 lead.  The Bulldogs used solid defense to hold on for the 1-0 win.  George Lara had a game-high three shots for Concordia in the win.  Nate Friesner and Raul Lopez each had two shots.  Kolt O’Kelly and Jacob Lias each added shots on goal.  Chris Podlich (2-2) made three saves and earned his first shutout of the year in goal for the Bulldogs.

Head coach Jason Weides talked about the win.  "We obviously caught a break with the goal that was scored," said Weides.  "I thought we played well enough to score some more goals, and we just didn't finish some chances.  We were solid defensively, and that allowed us to pick up the win."   

Concordia will host McPherson College on Sept. 5 in a 7 p.m. contest at Bulldog Stadium.

Bulldogs suffer 3-0 loss to McPherson College

5 SEP 2009

Concordia University 0, McPherson College 3 (view stats)

The McPherson College Bulldogs earned a 3-0 win over the Concordia men's soccer team on Saturday evening in Seward.  McPherson scored one goal in the first half and added two insurance goals in the second half to pick up the victory.  It was the first game of the season for McPherson, while Concordia dropped to 2-3-0 on the year with the loss.

McPherson College held a slight 10-9 advantage in shots in the game.  Concordia had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks, but it was McPherson who took best advantage of them.  McPherson's Brent Mulford knocked home the opening goal of the game off of a corner kick by Armando Rodriguez in the first half.  Alex Toro scored to give McPherson a 2-0 lead in the 51st minute, and Juan Torres added a goal on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute for McPherson College.

Concordia's Matt Brink, George Lara and Nate Friesner all had two shots, and Chris Podlich (2-3-0) allowed the three goals and made four saves in net.  Concordia travels to Kansas Wesleyan on Sept. 9 and will travel to Omaha to take on the College of St. Mary on Sept. 12. 

Bulldogs fall to Kansas Wesleyan 4-1

9 SEP 2009

Concordia University 1, Kansas Wesleyan 4 (view stats)

Kansas Wesleyan's David Hernandez scored four goals, and the Concordia men’s soccer team suffered a 4-1 setback on the road Wednesday evening.  The Bulldogs dropped to 2-4-0 on the season with the loss, while Kansas Wesleyan improved to 2-2 on the season with the win. 

The Coyotes jumped out on top with a penalty kick goal by Hernandez in the 25th minute.  Concordia’s George Lara scored his second goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1 with a penalty kick in the 35th minute.  Hernandez scored again in the 36th minute to give Kansas Wesleyan a 2-1 lead heading into the halftime break. 

Early in the second half, Hernandez increased the KWU lead to 3-1 with his third goal of the game.  Hernandez added his fourth goal off an assist by Jose Garay for the final score of 4-1.  Head coach Jason Weides commented on the loss.  “We played a pretty decent first half,” said Weides.  “We had worked so hard to stay in the game, and our guys were pretty down when they gave up that third goal in the second half.” 

Concordia opens conference play on the road at Dana College on Sept. 16.  Coach Weides hopes the demanding schedule so far will benefit his team as conference season approaches.  “We’ve played some really difficult teams here early on,” said Weides.  “We certainly hope that it helps us down the road as we prepare for the GPAC schedule.” 

Dana gets past Concordia 2-1 in overtime

16 SEP 2009

Concordia University 1, Dana College 2 (view stats)

Dana College snuck past the Concordia men’s soccer team 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday evening in Blair.  The Vikings improved to 4-1-1 on the year overall and 1-0 in the GPAC with the win.  The Bulldogs slipped to 2-5 on the year and 0-1 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Dana controlled play in the first half and eventually scored about midway through the period to take a 1-0 lead.  Thor Brown scored the opening goal for the Vikings.  Concordia head coach Jason Weides commented on the early momentum for Dana College.  “We continued to surrender possession very cheaply, and that put us in a defensive posture early on,” said Weides.  “They controlled the first half, and we were lucky to only be down one goal at halftime.” 

Concordia tied the game at 1-1 in the 66th minute when Kolt O’Kelly beat three defenders and found Ian Euler for the equalizing goal.  The Bulldogs had several good opportunities to win the game toward the end of the second half, but the game went to overtime tied at 1-1. 

The overtime period went back and forth, but Dana’s Taylor Martin scored the game-winning goal with one minute remaining in the first overtime period.  Coach Weides was pleased with the response of his team in the second half.  “After a few changes and a productive talk at halftime, we can out and played extremely well,” commented Weides.  “We felt like we played our best 45 minutes of the entire year in the second half.” 

Concordia will host Morningside on Saturday afternoon.  The game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.

Concordia suffers 1-0 loss to Morningside

19 SEP 2009

Concordia University 0, Morningside College 1 (view stats)

The offensive struggles continued for the Concordia University men’s soccer team in a 1-0 loss to Morningside on Saturday afternoon in Seward.  The visiting Mustangs improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the GPAC with the win.  The Bulldogs dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Jeremy Lenz scored the lone goal of the game in the 17th minute for Morningside.  The Mustangs held a slim 11-10 shot advantage in the game, and both teams had seven corner kicks.  Chris Podlich made two saves and allowed the one goal for Concordia.  Daniel Whithorn made two saves to earn the win in goal for Morningside. 

Todd May had three shots, while George Lara, Evan Gahan and Kolt O’Kelly all added two shots for Concordia in the loss.

The Bulldogs will host Doane College on Sept. 22.  The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Seward.

Doane edges Concordia 3-2 in double overtime

22 SEP 2009

Concordia University 2, Doane College 3 (view stats)

Doane College rallied for a 3-2 double overtime win over Concordia in men’s soccer on Tuesday night in Seward.  The Tigers improved to 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the GPAC with the win.  Concordia slipped to 2-7 overall and 0-3 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Concordia jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead early in the first half.  Tyler Groskurth scored his first goal of the year on an assist by Kolt O’Kelly.  Doane managed to tie the game at 1-1 in the 11th minute when a Doane shot bounced off a Concordia defender for an own goal. 

The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead at 2-1 in the 17th minute when Evan Gahan scored off a free kick by George Lara.  The Concordia defense remained solid through the rest of the first half, and the Bulldogs took the 2-1 lead into the halftime break. 

Doane’s Devon Strecker scored to again tie the game at 2-2 in the 66th minute.  The game remained tied and went to a second overtime period.  In the 100th minute, Juan Padilla scored off an assist by Strecker to give Doane the 3-2 victory. 

Doane had a 15-8 shot advantage in the game, and the Tigers had 10 corner kicks compared to just three for the Bulldogs.  The game was very physical, and 37 total fouls were called.  Greg Beall made three saves to earn the win in goal for Doane.  Chris Podlich made two saves and allowed the three goals in net for Concordia. 

Concordia will travel to Dordt College on Sept. 26 for a 1 p.m. contest.

Concordia suffers 2-1 loss to Dordt College

26 SEP 2009

Concordia University 1, Dordt College 2 (view stats)

Dordt College held on for a 2-1 men’s soccer win over Concordia on Saturday afternoon.  The Defenders moved to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference with the win, while the Bulldogs slipped to 2-8 overall and 0-4 in conference games with the loss. 

Concordia controlled play during the opening minutes of the game.  The Bulldogs had a great opportunity to take an early lead but had a shot go off the post.  In the 12th minute, Dordt’s Tom Stepanek scored on a free kick to give the Defenders a 1-0 lead.  Concordia goalie Chris Podlich misjudged the shot, and it got over his head to give Dordt the lead.  Concordia head coach Jason Weides commented on the early change of momentum.  “The first goal by them really deflated us,” said Weides.  “We felt like we dominated the game early on and that free kick was really the first good attempt that they had.”

In the 18th minute, some sloppy Concordia defense led to a goal by Dordt’s Devin Williams.  Williams managed to dribble through the Bulldog defense to give the Defenders the 2-0 lead.  Concordia cut into the lead with a goal by Kolt O’Kelly in the 54th minute.  Raul Lopez got the assist for the Bulldogs.  Concordia had some chances to tie the game down the stretch, but Dordt held on for the 2-1 win.

“We let their goals get to us, and our spirits were broken late in the first half,” commented Weides.  “We asked a lot of the guys at halftime, and we came out and played a lot better in the second half.  We just couldn’t get that equalizer.”

The Bulldogs will host Mount Marty College on Oct. 3.  The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Seward.

Bulldogs play to 0-0 tie with Mount Marty College

3 OCT 2009

Concordia University 0, Mount Marty College 0 (2 OT - view stats)

The Concordia University men’s soccer team played to a 0-0 tie with Mount Marty College on Saturday afternoon in Seward.  The Bulldogs are now 2-8-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the GPAC.  Mount Marty is 3-5-2 overall and 1-2-2 in the GPAC. 

Concordia controlled play for much of the game and held a 23-6 shot advantage over the Lancers.  The Bulldogs also had 11 corner kicks compared to just three for Mount Marty. 

Both goalies came up big for their teams throughout the contest.  Derek Otton made 10 saves for the Lancers.  Concordia’s Chris Podlich made only two saves on the day, but his final save prevented a Mount Marty goal with under 20 seconds remaining in the second overtime period. 

Evan Gahan had a game-high three shots on goal for Concordia.  Kolt O’Kelly and Todd May each added two shots on goal for the Bulldogs.

Concordia hosts Hastings College on Oct. 6.  The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Seward.

Hastings College rallies for 2-1 win over Concordia

6 OCT 2009

#20 Hastings College 2, Concordia University 1 (view stats)

Hastings College, ranked No. 20 in the NAIA, rallied for a 2-1 win over Concordia in men’s soccer on Tuesday evening in Seward.  The Broncos improved to 8-2-2 overall and 5-0-1 in the GPAC with the win.  Concordia fell to 2-9-1 overall and 0-5-1 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Kolt O’Kelly gave Concordia a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 50th minute.  Hastings College tied the game at 1-1 with a goal by Matt Wadleigh in the 74th minute.  In the 81st minute, Devin Lambert scored to give the Broncos a 2-1 lead off an assist by Yannic Thiel. 

Concordia head coach Jason Weides commented on the tough loss.  “They have a tremendous team, but we certainly had our chances tonight,” said Weides.  “I cannot fault the effort of our guys, but we just didn’t quite have enough to pull out the win.” 

Hastings College held a 19-6 advantage in shots and a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.  Chris Podlich made four saves and allowed the two goals in net for Concordia.  Cody Poteat made two saves and allowed the one goal for Hastings College. 

Concordia will travel to Sioux City on Oct. 10 for a 3 p.m. contest against Briar Cliff University.

Concordia falls at Briar Cliff 2-0

10 OCT 2009

Briar Cliff University 2, Concordia University 0 (view stats)

Briar Cliff University scored a 2-0 win over Concordia in men’s soccer on Saturday afternoon in Sioux City.  The Chargers improved to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the GPAC with the win, while Concordia slipped to 2-10-1 overall and 0-6-1 in the GPAC with the loss. 

The Chargers took a 1-0 lead in the second minute of the game on a penalty kick goal by Thomas Hunt.  Briar Cliff added an insurance goal in the 64th minute by Andrew Smith to help secure the 2-0 win. 

Briar Cliff held a 14-5 shot advantage in the contest.  BCU goalie Buddy Goodenkauf made three saves to earn the shutout and win in goal for the Chargers.  Chris Podlich allowed two goals and made four saves in net for the Bulldogs.  Kurt O’Kelly, George Lara and Matt Brink had the only shots on goal for Concordia. 

Concordia host Midland Lutheran on Oct. 14.  The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium in Seward. 

Concordia picks up 2-1 win over Midland

14 OCT 2009

Concordia University 2, Midland Lutheran 1 (view stats)

The Concordia University men’s soccer team earned its first conference win Wednesday evening with a 2-1 victory over Midland Lutheran at Bulldog Stadium in Seward.  The Bulldogs improved to 3-10-1 overall and 1-6-1 in the GPAC with the win.  Midland dropped to 5-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the GPAC with the loss. 

George Lara scored his third goal of the season to give Concordia a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute of the first half.  The Bulldogs took the 1-0 lead into the halftime break.  In the 59th minute, Midland tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Mark McMeekin.  Three minutes later, Lara scored his second goal of the game to give the lead back to Concordia at 2-1.  Todd May got the assist for the Bulldogs.  Concordia’s defense stayed solid down the stretch to preserve the 2-1 win. 

“We had to fight really hard to get this win,” said Jason Weides, head coach for the Bulldogs.  “Midland made us work for everything we got, but we took advantage of attacking situations and put it in the net.  We battled and competed for all 90 minutes tonight, and that helped us to win the game.  We’ve felt like we were the stronger team in many games this year, but it’s great to finally see the positive result on the scoreboard.” 

Concordia held a 15-7 shot advantage in the game, and Midland had six corner kicks compared to four for the Bulldogs.  Chris Podlich made three saves and allowed one goal to pick up the win in net for Concordia.  Eric Vrba made seven saves and allowed two goals for Midland Lutheran. 

George Lara, the offensive star of the game for the Bulldogs, talked about the importance of the win.  “This win definitely motivates us,” commented Lara.  This win lets us know that we can do it against any opponent on the schedule for the rest of the season.” 

The Bulldogs will travel to Northwestern College on Oct. 17 for a 7:30 p.m. contest against the Red Raiders.

Concordia falls 2-1 at Northwestern College

17 OCT 2009

Northwestern College 2, Concordia University 1 (view stats)

Northwestern earned a 2-1 men’s soccer win over Concordia on Saturday evening.  The Red Raiders improved to 4-9-1 overall and 3-6 in the GPAC with the victory.  Concordia slipped to 3-11-1 overall and 1-7-1 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Concordia jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead.  In the eighth minute, Kraig Hein scored off an assist by AJ Jorgensen to give the Bulldogs the advantage.  The Red Raiders quickly responded.  Just a little over a minute after the Concordia goal, Jonathan Taves scored for Northwestern to tie the game at 1-1.  The score remained the same until the 68th minute.  Taves scored his second goal of the game to give the Raiders the 2-1 edge.  The Bulldogs were unable to tie it up down the stretch, and Northwestern held on for the win. 

Northwestern held a sizable advantage in shots and corner kicks in the contest.  Tyler Groskurth and George Lara each had two shots to lead Concordia in the defeat.  Nathan Broekemeier made nine saves and allowed the two goals to take the loss in net for the Bulldogs.  Jeff lanser made two saves and allowed one goal to earn the win for Northwestern. 

Concordia travels to Lincoln on Oct. 21 for an 8 p.m. GPAC contest against Nebraska Wesleyan. 

Bulldogs fall at Nebraska Wesleyan 4-1

21 OCT 2009

Nebraska Wesleyan University 4, Concordia University 1 (view stats)

Nebraska Wesleyan cruised to a 4-1 men’s soccer win over Concordia University on Wednesday evening in Lincoln.  The Prairie Wolves improved to 6-6-4 overall and 3-5-2 in the GPAC with the win.  The Bulldogs slipped to 3-12-1 overall and 1-8-1 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Concordia jumped on top 1-0 on an early goal by Raul Lopez.  The Prairie Wolves tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Brad Fullerton in the 29th minute.  Wesleyan’s Sean Norris scored in the 40th minute to give NWU a 2-1 lead.  Less than four minutes later, Fullerton scored his second goal of the game to increase the Nebraska Wesleyan lead to 3-1.  In the 59th minute, Fullerton completed the hat trick with his third goal of the game for the final score of 4-1. 

Wesleyan held a 15-9 shot advantage in the game.  Josh Miller allowed one goal and made two saves to earn the win in net for the Prairie Wolves.  Chris Podlich made six saves and allowed the four goals in goal for Concordia. 

Concordia hosts Dakota Wesleyan on Oct. 24 on parent’s night at Bulldog Stadium.  The game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Bulldogs rally for 2-1 win over Dakota Wesleyan

24 OCT 2009

Concordia University 2, Dakota Wesleyan 1 (view stats)

Concordia University rallied for a 2-1 men’s soccer win over Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday evening in Seward.  The Bulldogs improved to 4-12-1 overall and 2-8-1 in the GPAC with the win.  The visiting Tigers dropped to 4-9-1 overall and 2-7-1 in the GPAC with the loss. 

Dakota Wesleyan jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal by Ryan Perry in the 41st minute, and the Tigers took the slim lead into halftime.  Late in the 72nd minute, Concordia’s Todd May scored his first goal of the year to tie the game at 1-1.  Kraig Hein was credited with the assist.  The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the 79th minute on the fifth goal of the season by George Lara.  Tyler Groskurth and Jacob Lias had the assists on Lara’s goal.  The Concordia defense stayed strong down the stretch, and the Bulldogs held on for the 2-1 victory. 

Concordia held a slim 14-11 shot advantage in the contest.  The Bulldogs had five corner kicks compared to two for the Tigers.  Chris Podlich made three saves and allowed one goal to earn the win for the Bulldogs.  Jordan Werner allowed two goals and made four saves in a losing effort for Dakota Wesleyan.

Concordia concludes the regular season with a 8 p.m. contest at the University of Sioux Falls on Oct. 31. 

Bulldogs end season with 3-0 loss at Sioux Falls

31 OCT 2009

University of Sioux Falls 3, Concordia University 0 (view stats)

The University of Sioux Falls scored three times in the second half to earn a 3-0 men’s soccer win over Concordia University on Saturday evening.  The Cougars improved to 11-6-1 overall with an impressive 9-2-1 record in the GPAC with the win.  Concordia ends the 2009 season with an overall record of 4-13-1 with a 2-9-1 record in the GPAC. 

The Cougars controlled play for much of the game but were unable to break through until the 56th minute.  Ryan Keohane scored to give USF the 1-0 lead.  In the 78th minute, Matt Wolfe added a goal to increase the USF lead to 2-0.  Paul Northdurft added an insurance goal in the 86th minute off an assist by Ryan Trupe for the final score of 3-0. 

George Lara, Raul Lopez and Kolt O’Kelly had the only shots for the Bulldogs on the evening, while goalie Chris Podlich allowed the three goals and made five saves in net for the Bulldogs.

Lara and May earn conference honors

Two players from Concordia University were named to the 2009 Great Plains Athletic Conference men’s soccer All-Conference Team announced Tuesday.  George Lara and Todd May each received honorable mention honors. 

Lara, a junior midfielder from El Paso, Texas (Andress HS), led the Bulldogs in scoring this season with five goals and one assist for 11 points.  Lara also had a team-high two game-winning goals for Concordia this season.

“George is a skilled attacking player that is very dangerous moving forward,” said Jason Weides, head coach of the Bulldogs.  “He led our team in total goals and points after spending the majority of the season as a midfielder.  He possesses good field vision, and that enables him to be a creative passer.  George is also dynamic and fluid with the ball, which always keeps defenders off balance.”

May, a midfielder from Brighton, England, scored one goal and added two assists in his first season for the Bulldogs.  He was also second on the team with 12 shots on goal. 

“Todd made an immediate impact for us this year from the center midfield role,” commented Weides.  “He was instrumental in our attacking buildup play, which allowed our team to possess the ball for extended periods of the game.  As the season progressed, Todd also played a vital role on the defensive side of the ball.”   

Concordia finished the 2009 season with a record of 4-13-1 overall and 2-9-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Concordia places six on 2009 men's soccer scholar-athletes list

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced that a total of 256 men’s soccer student-athletes have been named 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.  Six Concordia University men’s soccer players were named to this year’s list. 

Nominated by each institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.  Joel Neihardt, Evan Gahan, Kyle Neumann, Kraig Hein, Jacob Lias and Dan Geu were all named to the 2009 list.

“We are very proud of our many academic accomplishments here at Concordia University,” said Jason Weides, head coach of the Bulldogs.  “Once again, we have several men’s soccer players who have excelled in the classroom.  These seniors and juniors have greatly impacted our program over their collegiate careers.  Their academic efforts set the standard for our younger players to follow.  Hopefully their contributions will help Concordia lead the GPAC and NAIA in scholar-athletes for the second consecutive year.”