SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia men’s soccer team will travel to York College Tuesday, Sept. 1 for a 3:30 kickoff and to St. Ambrose University Saturday, Sept. 5 for a start time of 2 p.m. The Bulldogs have shutout their last two opponents, 4-0 and 1-0 and look to keep that trend going into Tuesday and Saturday’s matches. The contests will be played at the Cornerstone Complex in York, Neb. and at the Davenport Soccer Complex in Davenport, Iowa.
Concordia University (2-0) at York College (2-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 3:30 p.m. CT
Site: Cornerstone Complex in York, Neb.
Concordia University (2-0) at St. Ambrose University (0-1)
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2 p.m. CT
Site: Davenport Soccer Complex in Davenport, Iowa
Last time out
The Concordia men’s soccer team has shutout each of its opponents this season. On Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Bulldogs defeated Bethel College, 4-0. Goals came from Julian Amaya, Toby Down, Marcelino Varona and Micah Lehenbauer. Mark Horsburgh recorded four saves, one coming from a Bethel penalty kick. The Bulldogs outshot the Threshers, 30-6.
On Saturday, Aug. 29, CUNE topped Benedictine College 1-0. The lone goal was from freshman Kevin Andrade. Horsburg grabbed one save on seven total shots from the Ravens. The ‘Dogs outshot the Ravens 15-7 in the tilt.
GPAC individual rankings
Micah Lehenbauer is tied for first in the GPAC for shots per game (5) and tied for second for shots on goal per game (3). Keeper Mark Horsburgh is tied for first in goals against average (0).
Scouting York College
The York Panthers come into Tuesday’s match with a record of 2-0. York College defeated Mount Marty College, 5-0 and Sterling College, 3-2. Both Job Yapp and Eric Runnions have scored two goals apiece which leads the Panthers. Keeper Ighor Tavares has posted six saves on the season. The Panthers are led by head coach Jon Ireland who is in his fourth season at York College. Ireland is assisted by JB Benjamin and Dr. Billy Lones.
Scouting St. Ambrose University
The Bees of St. Ambrose University come into Saturday’s match with an overall record of 0-1. St. Ambrose was defeated by Grand View University, 0-4. Shaquille Jones lead in shots on goal with three. Keeper Tom Greensall marked six saves in the contest. The Bees are led by head coach Jon Mannall who is in his sixth season at St. Ambrose University. Mannall is assisted by Tirelo Morake, Emlyn Jacoby, Kourtney Burkhalter, Willy Kappie and Kenton Winstead.
“We showed a lot of grit. All over the field guys were flying into tackles, they were throwing their bodies on the line, going for aerial challenges. So overall our guys just showed a lot of grit tonight…inevitably when you’re playing really good teams, there’s going to be some times where many chances aren’t created and it’s just a physical battle as well.”
-Jason Weides on the win against Benedictine College
“It feels great getting my first college goal, I was anxious to get the goal. The two defenders came crashing in without communicating and I just squeezed in.”
-Kevin Andrade on his first collegiate goal
GPAC preseason rankings
In the preseason coaches’ poll announced Wednesday, Aug. 19, Concordia University was picked fourth while receiving one first place vote and 74 points. This ranking ties the highest preseason pick dating back to 2006 in the GPAC. Hastings, defending GPAC champion, was picked first followed by Midland and Doane.
Up next for the Bulldogs
The Bulldogs will host No. 14 Bellevue University on Thursday, Sept. 10 for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Bulldog Stadium.