No. 25 Bulldogs gain one point in rainy road match vs Northwestern

By Chase Benton on Sep. 23, 2023 in Men's Soccer

ORANGE CITY, Iowa. – After a couple of rain delays, No. 25 Concordia stepped on a slopping wet field to face Northwestern for their first GPAC road match on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 23). The Bulldogs found themselves down (2-1) in the second half, after the Red Raiders received two penalty kicks within four minutes of each other. NWC took advantage but, CUNE responded with a second goal from Izzy Shaddick to even the score (2-2), leaving the teams deadlocked after 90 minutes. Shaddick is now the third Bulldog (Aaron Skipworth and Nathan Douglass) in program history with at least 20 goals and 15 assists. After this game, he has totaled 20 goals and 17 assists in his Concordia career.

Concordia stays unbeaten at 8-0-1 and 2-0-1 in GPAC play. Head coach Jason Weides commented on the matchup versus Northwestern.

“It was challenging for both teams from the very beginning. The rain created a sloppy and wet environment that changed how many chances the teams were able to create. We created a nice goal in the 13th minute and possessed much of the ball in the first half. The second 45 minutes were up and down and they capitalized on two back to back penalty kicks. I was really proud that our team bounced back with a goal around a minute and a half later. No one could seem to find the game winner in the last 25 minutes to go.”

Two frustrating fouls in the box by Concordia gave Northwestern’s Tim Kaltenberger two penalty kicks that equaled two goals in the second half.

Down 2-1 in the 61st minute, the Dawgs responded with an equalizer after giving up two penalty kicks in less than four minutes. Surrounded by three defenders, Carter Hinman ran as far as he could before pushing the ball forward to a streaking Shaddick. Izzy ran forward, meeting the ball on the far side and punching it in for the equalizing goal.

In the first half, Victor Meneses and Jarrod Henson linked up in the 13th minute, switching places from their last match. Victor Meneses struck a big time cross connecting with Jarrod Henson for a header into the top left corner for the score.

The Bulldogs edged the Red Raiders 10-9 in shots and controlled the ball in the attacking third with a 10-3 corner kick advantage. The two teams were chippy in a very physical and tough environment, leading to four yellow cards apiece.

Concordia (8-0-1, 2-0-1 GPAC) will come back to Seward, Nebraska on Wednesday to host Midland (3-5-1, 1-1-1 GPAC). First kick is set for 5:30 p.m. CT at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs hold a series lead of 14-10-3 over the Warriors including a win in Fremont, Nebraska (3-2) in 2022.