GAME NOTES: Concordia soccer splits week on the road and home

By on Sep. 28, 2015 in Men's Soccer

GAME NOTES: Concordia soccer splits week on the road and home

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia men’s soccer team will go on the road to (RV) Hastings College on Tuesday, Sept. 29 for a match beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 3 the Bulldogs will host Dordt College at Bulldog Stadium with kickoff slated for 3:30 p.m.

Concordia University (5-3, 0-1 GPAC) at (RV) Hastings College (4-3-1, 1-0 GPAC)
Tuesday, Sept. 29 | 7p.m. CDT
Site: Lloyd Wilson Field in Hastings, Neb.
Webcast: Stretch Internet 
Live Stats: Stretch Internet 

Dordt College (3-4, 0-1 GPAC) at Concordia University (5-3, 0-1 GPAC)
Saturday, Oct. 3 | 3:30 p.m. CDT
Site: Bulldog Stadium
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network 


Last time out
The Concordia men’s soccer team was topped by (RV) Northwestern College on Saturday, Sept. 26, despite 12 Bulldog shots on goal. The goal from the Red Raiders came late in the contest, giving CUNE limited time to find the equalizing goal.

Jensen picks up GPAC Player of the Week award
Freshman Tyler Jensen received GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors announced Tuesday, Sept. 22. After Jensen’s outstanding performance vs Sterling College in Colorado, scoring three of CUNE’s four goals, the freshman picks up his first player of the week award.

Last week, Jensen recorded not only his first collegiate goal, but also his first hat trick. The goals came in the last half of the tilt with Sterling College Saturday, Sept. 19. The freshman took five shots in the contest coming off the bench. Jensen also saw action in Sunday’s match vs Johnson & Wales University.

GPAC rankings
As a team, the Bulldogs are ranked second in shots per game (17.25), tied for second in total shutouts (3), third in shots on goal per game (9.13), tied for third in shutouts per game (.38), fourth in goals per game (2.5) and fifth in total goals (20).

Julian Amaya – assists per game, tied for fifth (0.50); total assists, tied for third (4)

Toby Down –total goals, tied for 10th (4); shots per game, seventh (3); shots on goal per game, tied for seventh (1.50); game winning goals, tied for ninth (1)

Mark Horsburgh – total saves, 6th (29); goals against average, first (0.78); saves per game, sixth (4.14)

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

National rankings
As a team, the Bulldogs rank 29th in shots on goal per game (9.1) and 36th in total shutouts with three. Individually, Mark Horsburgh ranks 21st in goals against per game (0.78) nationally.

“We’ll use this as motivation moving forward. There was nothing to hang their head about. It’s not that we under preformed or played poorly, Northwestern didn’t have many good chances and they took advantage of a chance they had late in the game.”
-Jason Weides on the loss vs (RV) Northwestern College

Scouting the (RV) Hastings College Broncos
The (RV) Broncos of Hastings College will bring a 4-3-1 (1-0 GPAC) record into Tuesday’s match. In GPAC play, the Broncos prevailed over Dordt College, 2-0 last weekend. Hastings’ three losses have come from ranked teams or teams that had received votes in the poll. As a team, the Broncos rank 36th in the nation in total shutouts with three. Hastings College has had a balanced attack so far this season with two Broncos making three goals, which leads the team individually, and two more scoring two goals apiece. The Broncos are led by head coach Chris Kranjc who is in his 17th season at Hastings College.

Scouting the Dordt College Defenders
The Defenders of Dordt College are currently 3-4 (0-1 GPAC) on the season. Hastings College has been Dordt College’s only GPAC foe this season so far. Hastings came out on top of the contest, 2-0 last Saturday. Nationally, Defender VJ Hachaba ranks 45th in shots on goal per game (2.0) and 50th in goals per game (.086). As a team, Dort College has a .162 goals to shots percentage while holding their opponents to a percentage of .141. The Defenders are led by head coach Craig Stiemsma who is in his first year with Dordt College soccer after serving as the head coach for women’s basketball for the past eight years. Stiemsma is assisted by Ryan Schreiner and Tim Klein.

Up next on the pitch
The Concordia men’s soccer team again split a pair of GPAC tilts next week. On Wednesday, Oct. 7 the Bulldogs will welcome the Warriors of Midland University to Bulldog Stadium for an 8 p.m. kickoff. On Saturday, Oct. 10, the ‘Dogs will travel to Sioux City, Iowa to take on Morningside College for a 7:30 start time.