Bulldogs silence York ‘neighbors’ after early 3’ goal

By Chase Benton on Aug. 30, 2023 in Men's Soccer

SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia let an early nightmare goal slip through against York University for the second game in a row, but once again the Bulldogs stayed unphased rattling off three unanswered. The Bulldogs move into another gear leaving no doubt in a 3-1 win against the Panthers. The Wednesday night (Aug. 30) match featured Carter Hinman and Martin Herrera connecting for the first time this season and a game winner by Victor Meneses for a second consecutive game.

Jason Weides’ Bulldogs move to 2-0 with wins over Graceland and extend a now four game win streak over York. He talks about his nonconference ‘neighbors’ after the game.

“It was a good game. The games with York are always intense. They are our neighbor and we have to face them a lot over the years”, said coach Weides. “There were good moments and bad moments. It was the second time in a row that we gave up an early goal and fortunately we have been able to overcome those early stumbles”.

It felt like Deja Vu as Concordia allowed a goal in the third minute for the second straight game for the home squad. Deja Vu can be a bad thing but it also can be a good thing as the feeling continued with Hinman putting a ball pass the keeper in the 6’ just like the game against Graceland (Aug. 26). A bad pass caused a York defender to chase the ball out of bounds. Hurried, Ryan Wokutch put the throw-in at the feet of Herrera crossing it into the box for the blast by Hinman for his second consecutive goal in the early going of this 2023 season.

Hinman talked after the game about responding to the early game goals. “It’s good to bounce back as a team quickly especially after getting scored on early in both games. As a team, collectively, we did a good job of that. It happened to me that responded in both games which makes me really happy”.

Following the goals, the Bulldogs started to control the ball on both sides having the advantage over the Panthers 10-3 in shots the last 84 minutes. On the near side of the field, transfer Dre Williams takes the ball 15 yards to the middle of the grass and sends a feed to Meneses for the eventual game winner. Meneses has two goals in two games adding the seventh goal of his career.

The Bulldogs came out pressing in the attacking third at the start of the second half having a four corner kick differential for the match. Shaddick being fouled right outside the box decided to put the cherry on top for CUNE. Shaddick took the free kick and buried a low ball in the left corner to put the game to rest and notched his 18th career goal.

Concordia (1-0) hosts familiar KCAC opponent Tabor College (0-1) out of Kan. this Saturday (Sept. 2) for the third consecutive home match before hitting the road a week from today. The Bulldogs will be in Seward against the Bluejays set for a 5:30 kick time. CUNE has a 2-0 lead on Tabor as they have played both of their games in the past two years.