ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The No. 16 Concordia women’s soccer team faced Northwestern College Saturday, Sept. 26 to open GPAC play. In a similar fashion of last season's contest, the match ended in a 0-0 tie.
“It took a little bit to settle into the game,” head coach Greg Henson said. “In the first 10 to 15 minutes they came out flying and outworked us. After we settled in I felt we played well and moved the ball well and create some chances, just not good enough chances. We just didn’t finish throughout the course of the first half.”
Northwestern edged Concordia in shots, 15-13. Jessica Skerston led the Bulldogs in shots with six, one on goal. The Bulldogs had three total shots on goal coming from Skerston, Ashley Martin and Esther Soenksen.
Said Henson, “I felt in the second half we were much more dangerous. Maria Deeter did a good job to put herself in a position to score a goal late in the second half and just missed wide on the chance. And then in over time you want to push for a victory but you also want to come out of the game with points. In the GPAC it’s difficult to go on the road and win games. We’re definitely not satisfied with the result but we’re happy to come out with a point.”
Chrissy Lind played keeper for the 110 minute match. Lind recorded five saves. Tallying three saves was Red Raider keeper, Naomi Schimmel who was also on the field the entire contest.
The tie brings the Bulldogs record to 6-1-1 (0-0-1 GPAC). The Red Raiders are now 3-3-2 (0-0-1 GPAC).
On upcoming GPAC play Henson noted, “The biggest thing over the last few games is we just need to get a quicker start and be able to settle in a little quicker to play. We have a tough game on Wednesday at Hastings and we need to do that there. They’re looking forward to us showing up this year. There will be a little retribution from last season. We have to have our A game and be ready to play and come out of the game with points as we start conference play.”
The No. 16 Concordia women’s soccer team will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 26 as they travel to Hastings College for a 7 p.m. kickoff time.