SEWARD, Neb. – After an exciting 1-0 victory over Hastings on Senior Day, The Concordia Women’s Soccer team continues GPAC play this week. The Bulldogs will host Briar Cliff on Wednesday before traveling to Presentation on Saturday.
Wednesday, Oct. 21 vs. Briar Cliff (5-0-1, 5-0), 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24 at Presentation (0-6-2, 0-4-2), 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs trademark defense was the factor the last time out during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Hastings. Concordia’s suffocating defense did not allow a single shot on goal during the matchup as senior goalkeeper Lindsey Carley picked up her 21st career clean sheet. The Bulldogs outshot the Broncos 12-1 while putting eight shots on goal. The Broncos lone shot came in the 12th minute of play and sailed wide right. Despite Concordia consistently shooting the ball towards the net, the Hastings goalkeeping duo of Sarah Carpenter and Lauren Gahn held up, recording a combined seven saves. The Bulldogs finally broke through in the 82nd minute when Freshman Sydney Ross rebounded Mikeila Martinez’s shot and put it past Gahn to give the Bulldogs the win. The Bulldogs win over Hastings was the first since the 2017 regular season.
Concordia is on a three-game winning streak while having won all three contests by one goal, including two in overtime. The Bulldogs currently sit in second place in the GPAC standings, two games behind first-place Briar Cliff.
Concordia will welcome Briar Cliff to town on Wednesday for a battle of the GPAC heavyweights. The Bulldogs beat the Chargers in a 2-1 double-overtime thriller in 2019.
Briar Cliff (5-0-1) is on a five-game winning streak and has won all five games in dominating fashion. The Chargers have been dominant both offensively and defensively. In the last five matchups, Briar Cliff has outscored opponents 21-1. The Chargers are averaging an impressive 4.33 goals per game while only allowing 0.17 goals per game. Senior Flor Suarez is Briar Cliff’s top scoring threat. Her average of 3.33 goals per game leads all GPAC players. Briar Cliff was slated at fourth in the 2020 GPAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The Concordia-Presentation series has been very favorable to Concordia in its short history. The Bulldogs have beaten the Saints in their only two matchups by a combined score of 9-0.
Presentation (0-6-2) has struggled mightily on the offensive end this season. The Saints rank fifth in the GPAC in goals as they have just five on the season. Presentation owns a three-game losing streak in which they have been outscored by a combined margin of 10-1. The Saints were picked last in the 2020 GPAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll garnering just 22 points.
Following the game at Presentation, the Bulldogs return home for their final home game of the season on Oct. 28., as they host rival Doane. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CT.