SEWARD, Neb. – A thrilling spring GPAC tournament championship run will lead into the 2021 season for Concordia University Women’s Soccer. Unveiled on Friday (June 4), the ’21 Bulldog schedule is now available to the public. The slate features 17 regular season matchups, including 12 within the conference. The new season is set to open up at home against Tabor College (Kan.) on Aug. 28.
This should be a more standard season for Concordia, which played in both the fall and spring this past season. In year one of his tenure, Head Coach Thomas Goines guided the Bulldogs to an overall record of 11-6-2 and a tie for second place in the GPAC regular season (9-2-1 league mark). They then proceeded to win three games during the conference tournament. The GPAC postseason title clinched an automatic bid to the opening round of the national tournament. Three Concordia standouts landed on either the All-GPAC first or second team: Mikeila Martinez (first team), Grace Soenksen (first team) and Allee Downing (second team).
In addition to Tabor, nonconference foes in 2021 will include Grand View University (Iowa), Benedictine College (Kan.), Southwestern College (Kan.) and Bellevue University. Four of the five nonconference games will be rematches from last season. Conference play will begin on Sept. 18 when Mount Marty visits Bulldog Stadium. Matchups versus in-state rivals are coming up Sept. 29 versus Midland and Oct. 16 at Hastings.
The conference tournament dates are set for Nov. 4 for the quarterfinals, Nov. 9 for the semifinals and Nov. 12 for the championship game. The NAIA National Championship Opening Round is slated for Nov. 18 and 20 with action at the final site (location to be announced) set to run from Nov. 30 – Dec. 6.