Bulldogs looking to notch victory on senior day

By Hunter Corneliusen on Oct. 13, 2020 in Athletic Announcements Men's Soccer

SEWARD, Neb. – After battling Mount Marty to a 2-2 tie on Monday, the Concordia University Men’s Soccer team continues its fall slate this weekend. The Bulldogs will be honoring their senior class when they take the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 17, to face Hastings College.

Saturday, Oct. 17 vs. Hastings College (4-0, 4-0) 3:30 p.m.

Head coach Jason Weides’ squad, went the full distance on Monday as they recorded their first tie of the 2020 season, bringing their record to 6-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in GPAC play. During Monday’s contest, the Bulldogs outshot Mount Marty 22-10 in shots and 10-6 on shots on goal.  However, Mount Marty goalkeeper Sebastian Aguero was a force at the net, recording eight saves in just 70 minutes of play. Sophomore Matt Schultz recorded his first collegiate goal in the 69th minute. Sophomore Yessine Bessaies followed and scored on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute of play to give Concordia a 2-1 lead; however, Mount Marty scored with just three minutes left in regulation to force overtime. Concordia recorded six shots in both overtimes while Mount Marty had two. The game ended in a tie as neither team could capitalize on their opportunities in the overtime periods.

The tie moved the Bulldogs back in the GPAC standings as they now trail first-place Briar Cliff by a half-game. Concordia is entering arguably the toughest portion of a very back-loaded schedule as it’s six remaining opponents have a combined GPAC recorded of 13-6. Finishing strong will be vital for the Bulldogs to get favorable seeding in the conference tournament, which has been moved to the spring of 2021.

During Saturday’s match, Concordia will be honoring its senior class of Joao Pedro Verissimo, Trenton Williams, Garrett Perry, Ethan Doyle and David Moreno. During their career, the Bulldog seniors have an overall record of 42-15-8 and a GPAC runner-up finish in 2017.

The Bulldogs will be looking to stay unbeaten in GPAC play when they play the undefeated and untied Hastings Broncos on Saturday. The Concordia-Hastings series has been all Broncos as they hold a 20-1 record over the Bulldogs dating back to 2006.

Hastings (4-0) is coming off a dominant 7-0 win over Presentation. The Broncos have also beaten Dakota Wesleyan (2-1), Mount Marty (3-0) and Jamestown (5-2). Hastings won the GPAC in 2019 and made it to the NAIA National Championship, where they fell to Central Methodist 3-1. The Broncos were the favorite in the GPAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll as they garnered 10 of the 12 possible first-place votes.

The Bulldogs resume play next week as they host Briar Cliff on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.