Dawgs look to finish fall slate strong

By Hunter Corneliusen on Nov. 19, 2020 in Men's Soccer

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia Men’s Soccer team is wrapping up its fall slate this weekend. The Bulldogs will travel to Aberdeen, S.D. on Saturday (Nov. 21) to square off against Presentation College at 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21 at Presentation (0-10, 0-10), 1 p.m.

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During their last outing, the Bulldogs found themselves in a defensive battle with the Chargers of Briar Cliff. Offensive looks were limited for both teams as Concordia had just four shots on goal while Briar Cliff had three. Overall, Concordia held a 13-9 shot advantage. A goal by Briar Cliff‘s Marcus Horwood in the 61st minute of play put the Chargers on the board first. Daniel Campbell gave the Bulldogs the equalizer when he scored off a pass from Ryan Wokutch in the 74th minute. Concordia had one last scoring opportunity in the second overtime when Yessine Bessaies sent a header towards the net, but the Briar Cliff goalkeeper corralled it.

Head Coach Jason Weides' squad finds themselves in fifth place in the GPAC standings with a 6-2-2 conference record. The Bulldogs need a win over Presentation and a Northwestern loss to host a GPAC tournament match. 

The Concordia-Presentation matchup has been all Dawgs throughout its young history. Concordia took last year’s matchup by a 9-0 margin and won the inaugural match in 2018, 7-0.

Presentation (0-10, 0-10) has struggled mightily in both aspects of the game so far this season. Presentation is coming off a blowout 10-1 loss against Midland. The Saints are averaging 0.80 goals per game which rank dead last in the GPAC and 110th nationally. Presentation's 6.30 goals allowed per game are last in the GPAC and 120th nationally. The Saints are performing to the expectations most had throughout the conference as they were picked last in the 2020 GPAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, garnering just 11 votes.

Saturday’s match at Presentation concludes the 2020 fall slate. The Bulldogs will be back in action in the spring of 2021, when they will compete in the GPAC postseason tournament. The tournament was initially scheduled in the fall but was pushed back to the spring due to COVID-19 implications. Dates for the tournament have yet to be announced.