Freshman defender Sean Doran was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. The 6-foot-6 Doran immediately grabbed a spot in the starting lineup and has solidified the back line for head coach Jason Weides.
“Sean’s been an integral part in our season so far,” Weides said. “In the 2-1 win the other day versus William Woods (Mo.), he was instrumental in helping to control two very good forwards. He’s done things outside of just being a physical presence. I think when you first see him you think he’s just a big center back who’s going to go win the ball, but he’s been far more than that.”
In the Bulldogs only game over the past week, Doran continued to shine as he played all 90 minutes and helped Concordia to the 2-1 victory over William Woods on Sept. 1. The Dublin, Ireland, native starred as the main cog in a defense that kept a pair of returning Owl all-conference performers off the scoreboard. The Bulldogs, bidding for a third-straight shutout to begin the season, did not allow a William Woods goal until the 88th minute. Doran also added his first collegiate goal in the game, striking from 20 yards out on a free kick.