FREMONT, Neb. – After going winless in its first 11 games of the season, Midland picked up its second-straight victory by cruising to a 3-0 home victory over Concordia on Wednesday. The Bulldogs failed to score despite managing 12 shots (eight on goal) to the Warriors’ 11 (six on goal).
“Their first two goals resulted from breakdowns on our part,” Concordia head coach Lisa White said. “We had players diving into tackles that they shouldn’t have. It was a disappointing effort today.”
Sophomore forward Rachel Mussell, who is tied for the GPAC lead with 11 goals, had only one shot (on goal). Mussell had entered play with at least one goal in five-straight games and at least one in seven of nine games this season.
“It was the same thing – she’s in the right spot,” White said. “You can’t do much if you don’t have the ball though.”
The Bulldogs misfired off the crossbar a couple of times on Wednesday, but were not able to capitalize on the chances they created. After one such strike roughly five minutes into the game, Concordia’s offensive attack dried up.
The Warriors took advantage with a goal in the 21st minute by Nicola Hermes and another in the 33rd minute by Lauren Gray. Midland went to halftime leading 2-0 and then tallied one more score in the 52nd minute when Amanda Nutsch found the back of the net off the assist from Gray.
Concordia sophomore Ashlie Sklenicka, a Lincoln, Neb., native had the most opportunities at the net for either squad. Sklenika fired four shots, including three on goal.
The Bulldogs’ last win over Midland came in 2005 when they won 4-0. 2012 Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer (Davis) Schwartz scored one of her school-record 88 career goals in the victory.
Concordia hopes for a more focused effort on Saturday when it hosts Morningside (6-4-4, 2-2-2 GPAC) for homecoming at 5 p.m. Check back on concordiabulldogs.com on Thursday for a complete preview of Saturday’s homecoming contests.