Trip to Midland awaits Bulldogs

By Hunter Corneliusen on Nov. 2, 2020 in Men's Soccer

SEWARD, Neb. – After dispatching Doane 5-1, the Concordia Men’s Soccer team will travel to Fremont, Neb., on Wednesday (Nov. 4) to face Midland in their lone match this week. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Midland University (5-2, 5-2), 7:30 p.m.

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Head Coach Jason Weides went with a new lineup, which paid off in the Bulldogs 5-1 win over Doane. Junior Daniel Campbell and sophomore Mauro Figueroa took advantage of their opportunities as both netted their first goals of the season to give Concordia a 2-0 lead in the early going. Freshman Braden Spath connected on his first collegiate goal in the 44th minute to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Doane got on the board with an own goal by the Bulldogs. Isaiah Shaddick and Ryan Wokutch then provided insurance as each added a goal in the final ten minutes of play to increase the margin to 5-1. Overall, Concordia outshot Doane 15-8 overall and 13-4 on shots on goal. 

Concordia currently finds itself in third place in the GPAC standings, trailing second-place Briar Cliff by a half-game and leading fourth-place Midland by a half-game. Wednesday’s matchup will have significant implications on the final GPAC standings and tournament seedings. 

The Concordia-Midland series has been a battle as of late, with the past two matches ending in 1-1 double-overtime draws.

Midland (5-2) has dealt with COVID-19 issues this season as five matches have been postponed or canceled so far due to the virus. Midland is coming off a 5-1 win over Mount Marty. The Midland offense has been solid this season as the Warriors are averaging 3.57 goals per game. Their 9.14 shots on goal per game currently rank third in the GPAC. Senior Forward Mario Bueso is one of the biggest scoring threats in the GPAC conference as he averages 1.14 goals per contest. Midland was slated at fourth in the 2020 GPAC Coaches’ Poll, garnering 93 votes overall.

Following the trip to Midland, Concordia will travel to Sioux City, Iowa, to face Morningside on Nov. 11. Game time is set for 8 p.m. CT.