Bulldogs rally for exciting 4-3 win over Doane College

Concordia University rallied for a 4-3 women’s soccer win over Doane College on Wednesday evening in Crete.  A pair of late goals lifted the Bulldogs to the win.  Concordia improved to 7-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 in conference play with the victory.  Doane is also 7-6-1 on the year with a 4-5 mark in the GPAC following the loss. 

There was plenty of action early in the first half.  Doane quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal by Ally Tamerius in the fifth minute.  Mia Juarez and Morgan Karloff were credited with the assists.  Tamerius struck again with her second goal of the game in the 13th minute.  Juarez was credited with her second assist, and the Bulldogs found themselves in an early 2-0 hole. 

However, less than a minute later, Jamie Sanchez scored her seventh goal of the season to cut the lead to one at 2-1.  Hannah Denk picked up the assist, her team-best seventh assist of the season.  Concordia tied it up at 2-2 with a goal by Denk in the 19th minute.  It was Denk’s first goal of the season, and the score remained 2-2 heading into halftime. 

Doane held a slim 9-8 advantage in shots in the opening half of play.  The Tigers also had five corner kicks compared to just two for the Bulldogs in the opening 45 minutes. 

The host Tigers reclaimed the lead with a goal 15 minutes into the second half.  Clare Koeppe scored off an assist by Tamerius, and Doane College held a 3-2 advantage. 

Concordia tied the game with less than 10 minutes remaining in the contest.  The Bulldogs put together a flurry of shots which were all blocked by the Doane defense.  During the action, however, Mallorie Blanck earned a penalty kick.  Blanck scored on the penalty kick opportunity, and her sixth goal of the season evened the score at 3-3. 

The Bulldogs continued to apply the pressure down the stretch in regulation and with less than three minutes remaining, Kelly Ross scored her sixth goal of the season to put Concordia on top by the score of 4-3.  Jordan Donohoue picked up the assist on the game-winning goal for the Bulldogs.  Ariel Harris made eight saves to pick up the win in goal for the Bulldogs.

Concordia travels to Morningside College on October 23 for a 6 pm contest against the Mustangs.