Soenksen's first team honor highlights men's soccer all-conference selections

By on Nov. 17, 2014 in Men's Soccer

Soenksen’s first team honor highlights men’s soccer all-conference selections

GPAC men’s soccer all-conference teams

SEWARD, Neb. – An honorable mention selection last season, junior midfielder Gideon Soenksen vaulted to the GPAC’s first team as part of conference men’s soccer postseason honors announced on Monday. Senior midfielder Chris DeFeyter and sophomore defender Mark Campbell landed on the second team and two others received honorable mention for head coach Jason Weides’ GPAC semifinalist Bulldogs (10-6-4).

Statistically, Soenksen enjoyed a career best season. The former Lincoln Lutheran High School standout topped the Bulldogs in both goals (six) and assists (four) while playing an attacking midfield. Soenksen recorded two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Sterling College Sept. 12 for his first career multi-goal effort. A fixture in Concordia’s starting lineup since his arrival, Soenksen has played in all 58 games over the past three seasons, putting up a combined 10 goals and 11 assists.

DeFeyter collects second team all-conference recognition for the second-straight season. The native of Scottsdale, Ariz., contributed five goals (two game winners) and three assists while starting all 20 games. DeFeyter made waves on Oct. 4 when he turned in an impressive bicycle kick goal as part of a two-goal performance at Dordt. DeFeyter finished his career with 14 goals and six assists over 70 games.

Meanwhile, Campbell served as the anchor of a backline that posted eight shutouts and collaborated on a goals against average of 1.0 (second best in the conference). The native of Dublin, Ireland also assisted the only goal in a 1-0 win over Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 1.

Honorable mention went to both senior goalkeeper Brendan Buchanan and junior defender Justin Lawrie. Buchanan earned three GPAC defensive player of the week honors during his best collegiate season. Buchanan registered seven shutouts, 86 saves and a goals against average of .950. He nearly led an upset of No. 11 Hastings in the GPAC semifinals by making 11 saves. He was aided all season by Lawrie, who teamed with Campbell in the back.