SEWARD, Neb. – In its only game of the week, the Concordia University men’s soccer team will host Jamestown on Saturday. The Bulldogs will use the occasion to honor a senior class of seven members. Kickoff from Bulldog Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. CT. A live webcast and live stats will be available via the Concordia Sports Network.
Head coach Jason Weides’ squad has been idle since the 2-0 loss at Briar Cliff on Oct. 19. In that defeat, Concordia (9-4-1, 4-3-1 GPAC) held the Chargers off the scoreboard until the 76th minute. The Bulldogs played on the defensive for much of that contest while trying to make up for a rash of injuries that have sidelined several starters. Sophomore Callum Goldsmith made his first start of the year at goalkeeper in place of Eduardo Alba and collected eight saves.
Concordia had entered the conference slate with hopes of earning a top-four seed and a GPAC tournament quarterfinal home game for the third-straight year. Unfortunately those hopes have essentially vanished due to a record of 0-3-1 over the past four games against the current top four in the league standings. The race for the GPAC regular-season title could go down to the wire with three points separating Briar Cliff (24), Midland (22), Hastings (21) and Morningside (21) in the league standings. The Broncos were upset by the Warriors on Wednesday night.
The senior class features David Carrasco, Roger de la Villa, JD Dominguez, Carlos Ferrer, Evan Hayden, Matthew Ho and Miguel Munoz. The four-year Bulldog seniors have helped the program to a combined record of 46-19-8 since the start of the 2016 season. The 2017 squad remains the school record holder for most victories in a single season with 16. Ferrer and company also helped lead Concordia to GPAC tournament championship game appearances in 2016 and 2017. The current team spent two weeks receiving votes in the national poll.
As of Thursday (Oct. 24) afternoon, Jamestown (6-7, 3-4 GPAC) was in action at Dordt. Prior to that outing, the Jimmies suffered a 2-1 overtime loss to Midland on Oct. 19. Jamestown has been outscored by the opposition, 41-26, on the season. That goals allowed total was inflated by blowout losses to three ranked teams (21 goals allowed in those three contests). Aaron Pike paces the Jimmies with eight goals in 2019. Last year’s meeting with Concordia concluded with a 1-1 draw.
The 2019 regular season will be down to two games after this weekend. The Bulldogs will host Doane on Oct. 30 before venturing to Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 2.