SEWARD, Neb. – Following a blowout win over new GPAC soccer member Presentation College, the Concordia University women’s soccer team goes up against both of the league’s Tigers in this week’s action. A run of three-straight home games ends with Wednesday’s short trek to Doane. The Bulldogs will then host Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday, which will also be used to honor the program’s nine seniors.
Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Doane (2-10, 0-6)
Saturday, Oct. 13 vs. Dakota Wesleyan (3-7, 1-4)
Sixth-year head coach Greg Henson’s squad enters the week with a 21-game GPAC regular-season unbeaten streak. During that stretch, Concordia is 19-0-2 and has outscored its conference foes by a combined total of 69-8. A win or tie at Doane on Wednesday will mean that the Bulldogs will go more than two full years since their most recent conference defeat (Oct. 12, 2016 vs. Midland). At 5-0-1 this season in conference play, Concordia’s 16 GPAC standings points are two behind Briar Cliff (6-0 GPAC) atop the league standings.
The Bulldogs got back into the receiving votes category of the national rankings last week and could gain even more traction in the poll that will be released today (Oct. 9). Last week’s 1-1 double overtime draw with 15th-ranked Hastings helped move Concordia up to No. 3 in the newly announced official GPAC rankings. The offensive star of the week was junior Brynn Suddeth, who notched four goals and an assist over the home games against Hastings and Presentation. Suddeth’s eight goals this season have all come during conference play.
Seward native Maria Deeter, a three-time All-GPAC honoree, headlines the senior class that will be recognized on Saturday. Seniors Ashley and Lauren Martin have also garnered all-conference accolades during their careers. As a group, the seniors have helped the program to a combined four-year record of 52-14-10 with a GPAC regular-season title, a GPAC tournament championship, three conference tournament title game appearances and one NAIA national tournament berth. Other seniors are Kaylee Brown, Tori Pearson, Hannah Sain, Michaela Stevens, Kaitlyn Stradtmann and Taylor Roby.
Doane is still in search of its first GPAC victory having dropped a 3-0 decision at Briar Cliff its last time out. Doane has been outscored 31-7 through its first 11 games. Three different players have scored two goals apiece for Doane. Dakota Wesleyan’s lone GPAC win came by a 4-1 score at Presentation. Dakota Wesleyan possesses a dangerous goal scorer in Alyssa Weidler (eight goals), who has accounted for more than half of the team’s 15 goals this season. DWU has been solid defensively having yielded 18 goals over its first 10 games.
Concordia will be headed to the Dakotas next week to take on Mount Marty on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and then Jamestown, another new GPAC member, on Saturday, Oct. 20.