SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – The GPAC’s second-most prolific offensive attack was shut down on Saturday as host Dordt defeated the Bulldogs 2-0. Two early goals carried the Defenders to victory in the GPAC openers for both squads and snapped Concordia’s three-game win streak.
“We found ourselves in a hole that proved too much to overcome today,” head coach Jason Weides said. “We had plenty of opportunities for ourselves but couldn't get the first breakthrough. We played good in small spurts but just not consistent enough to win the match.”
Eric Grootenboer staked Dordt to a 1-0 lead just 47 seconds into the game with a strike past Bulldog goalkeeper Chris Podlich. Scott Van Wylen added the game’s final goal with a tally in the sixth minute. Both goals came much too easy according to Weides.
Each team had 11 total shots and five on goal in an evenly matched contest. Dordt (5-3, 1-0 GPAC) limited junior Concordia (6-2, 0-1 GPAC) forward Nathan Douglas, who had scored three goals in his previous two games, to two shots, including one on goal. Sophomore midfielder Chris DeFeyter was the most active on the attack for the Bulldogs with three total shots and two on goal.
Podlich started and played all 90 minutes in goal for the first time this season. He recorded three saves on the day.
Concordia will get another stiff challenge on Wednesday as No. 16 Hastings comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. contest.