GAME NOTES: Bulldog men's soccer host Midland, travel to Morningside

By on Oct. 6, 2015 in Men's Soccer

GAME NOTES: Bulldog men’s soccer host Midland, travel to Morningside

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia men’s soccer team is slated to host Midland University Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Bulldog Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 10 the Bulldog squad will travel to Sioux City, Iowa to take on Morningside College with a start time of 7:30 p.m.

Midland University (8-3, 3-0 GPAC) at Concordia University (5-4-1, 0-2-1 GPAC)
Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 8 p.m. CDT
Site: Bulldog Stadium
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network 

Concordia University (5-4-1, 0-2-1 GPAC) at Morningside College (6-3, 1-1 GPAC)
Saturday, Oct. 10 | 7:30 p.m. CDT
Site: Olsen Stadium | Sioux City, Iowa
Webcast: Morningside College MCTV 


Last time out
The Concordia men’s soccer team dropped a GPAC match to (RV) Hastings College, 0-2 on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Bulldogs took 11 shots, six on goal. On Saturday, Oct. 3 the Concordia men’s soccer team faced off with Dordt College and played to a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes of soccer at Bulldog Stadium. Keeper Mark Horsburgh marked up six saves on the night.

GPAC rankings
As a team, the Bulldogs are tied for second in total shutouts (4), tied for third in shutouts per game (0.4) and ranked fourth in shots per game (17.30) and in shots on goal per game (8.6).

Julian Amaya – assists per game, tied for seventh (0.40); total assists, tied for sixth (4)

Mark Horsburgh – total saves, seventh (41); goals against average, first (0.81); saves per game, sixth (4.56)

Micah Lehenbauer –shots on goal per game, tied for eighth (1.50)

National rankings
As a team, the Bulldogs rank 23rd in total shutouts (4), 30th in shutouts per game (0.4), 40th in shots on goal per game (8.6) and 42nd in shots per game (17.3). Individually, Mark Horsburgh ranks 19th in goals against per game (0.81).

“The big improvement we’ve made in our last game against Northwestern to Hastings is we possess the ball much better. It was a focus on Monday that we needed to hold the ball better. We couldn’t surrender the ball cheaply to good teams. We need to be confident in tight spaces and I thought our guys played well in possession.”
-Jason Weides on the loss vs (RV) Hastings College

Scouting the Midland University Warriors
The Warriors of Midland University are carrying an 8-3 (3-0 GPAC) record into Wednesday’s match. The Warriors have topped GPAC foes, Morningside, Nebraska Wesleyan and Mount Marty this season, outscoring them 17-1. As a team, the Warriors hold a .530 shots on goal percentage and have outscored its opponents, 34-11 this year. Midland keepers have chalked up a goals against average of 0.91 and allowed just 11 goals. The Warriors are led by head coach Raphael Martinez who is in his first season at Midland University. Martinez is assisted by Lewis Wilcox and Leigh Veidman.

Scouting the Morningside College Mustangs
The Mustangs of Morningside College hold a 6-3 (1-1 GPAC) record this season. In GPAC play, the Mustangs dominated Mount Marty, 5-0 while falling to Midland University, 1-3 last week. Morningside is averaging four goals per contest with a shot on goal percentage of .559. The Mustangs own a .774 save percentage, allowing 11 goals in 810 minutes of play. The Mustangs are led by head coach Tom Maxon who is in his 14th year at Morningside College. Maxon is assisted by Brandon Wylie.

Up next on the pitch
The Concordia men’s soccer team will compete in two contests next week. First on Wednesday, Oct. 14 the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves will visit Bulldog Stadium for an 8 p.m. kickoff. On Saturday, Oct. 17 the Bulldogs will host Briar Cliff University for a 3:30 p.m. start time. Both tilts will have a webcast available on the Concordia Sports Network.