Bulldogs fall to tough Hastings team in quarterfinal match

By Concordia University, Nebraska on Nov. 7, 2019 in Men's Soccer

HASTINGS, Neb.  At one point in the season, the Bulldogs found themselves holding a national rank inside the NAIA top 25, a 9-1 record, and a 4-0 record in GPAC play. After a plague of injuries and misfortune, the tides quickly turned. The way the season ended for Concordia was disappointing, to say the least.

Entering the GPAC Quarterfinal as the sixth seed, Coach Weides and Co. knew their road match-up against the three-seed, Hastings College, would be a tough one. This ultimately proved to be true when the Broncos shut the Bulldogs out 3-0, after out-shooting them 26-6 in the game.

The Bulldogs were forced to play defensively for most of the game and could never really create much of an attack on the offensive end. “I thought we did a better job of creating chances in the second half and were a lot more aggressive with around fifteen minutes left. However, when you try to be more aggressive, a team like that can make you pay on the other end” said Coach Weides.

“Overall, I thought our guys played organized, disciplined, and fought hard. They (Hastings) were able to get a lucky bounce for their second goal and capitalized. It is disappointing to see that type of outcome and result, especially for our seniors. I want to thank all of our seniors for everything they have poured into the program over the years, it did not go unnoticed.”

With the off-season coming much quicker than originally anticipated, a major focus will be to get guys as healthy as possible for the next time around. The Bulldogs will regroup and set their sights on a more hopeful 2020 season.