SEWARD, Neb. – The 2020 schedule will look a lot like the 2019 slate for the Concordia University men’s soccer program. This fall, head coach Jason Weides’ squad will play 15 opponents that it also matched up with last year. The 2020 schedule, featuring 11 GPAC and six nonconference games, was announced on Monday (March 30). The Bulldogs are set to kick off the new campaign at home versus Tabor College (Kan.) on Aug. 26.
Weides is getting ready to enter the 13th year of his head coaching tenure (117-89-24 career record). He’s led the program to at least 10 victories in each of the past nine years. Last season Concordia went 10-6-2 overall and placed sixth in the GPAC regular-season standings. Four returners were named honorable mention All-GPAC performers: goalkeeper Eduardo Alba, defender Renzo Bozzo, forward Moises Jacobo and midfielder Garrett Perry.
Weides would be happy to see his squad jump out of the gates in the way it did last year when it opened up at 7-0. The Bulldogs will face plenty of familiar foes in the early going this year with York College (Sept. 1), Oklahoma City University (Sept. 5), Bellevue University (Sept. 9) and MidAmerica Nazarene University (Sept. 12) each reappearing on the 2020 slate. Concordia went 4-0 last season against those opponents. Oklahoma City and Bellevue will both visit Bulldog Stadium.
Conference play will open up on Sept. 19 with a trip to Mount Marty. It was a strong year for GPAC men’s soccer in 2019. The conference qualified three teams for the NAIA national tournament. Hastings had its run of GPAC regular-season titles ended, but it then made a push all the way to the national championship game. The Bulldogs will host the Broncos on Oct. 17. Conference rivals Midland and Morningside also reached the national stage in 2019.
Dates for the GPAC tournament are Nov. 5 for the quarterfinals, Nov. 10 for the semifinals and Nov. 13 for the championship. The NAIA National Championship Opening Round will take place on Nov. 20-21 with the remaining teams then advancing to the final site in Irvine, Calif., Nov. 30 – Dec. 5.