SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia men’s soccer team defeated Benedictine College in a physical 1-0 battle Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium. A late goal by freshman Devin Andrade squeezed between a pair of defenders to find the net for the first goal of his career.
In a fast tempo, aggressive game the tension was running high as both the Bulldogs and Ravens looked to score late in the game. Lexington native, Andrade was the first to find the back of the net with just under nine minutes left in the game from 18 yards out.
The back line for the Bulldogs proved to be a force as they helped keep the ball away from their own goal. Keeper Horsburg had one save on seven total Raven shots. The ‘Dogs tallied 15 shots, seven on goal, giving Benedictine keeper, Caleb Jenkins six saves.
Coach Jason Weides said, “We showed a lot of grit. All over the field guys were flying into tackles, they were throwing their bodies on the line, going for aerial challenges. So overall our guys just showed a lot of grit tonight…inevitably when you’re playing really good teams, there’s going to be some times where many chances aren’t created and it’s just a physical battle as well. Even though it’s two sides that have the technical ability to get the ball down and play a great style of soccer, sometimes it just turns into a grinded out battle which is what this game was tonight.”
Concordia improved to 2-0 on the season while Benedictine drops its first match of the season, falling to 0-1. The Bulldogs travel to York College for a 3:30 kickoff on Tuesday, Sept. 1 for the first road game of the season.