SEWARD, Neb. – Regular season action is set to heat up this week for the Concordia University women’s soccer team. The Bulldogs opened the 2017 season impressively, rolling to a 5-1 win over Avila University on Aug. 26. This week’s slate includes a home game with York College on Tuesday (Aug. 29) and then a weekend trip to the campus of Concordia University, Chicago for a pair of games against fellow Concordia institutions.
This week’s schedule
Tuesday, Aug. 29 vs. York College, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 1 at Concordia-Chicago, 2:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2 vs. Concordia-Wisconsin, 9:30 a.m.
Fifth-year head coach Greg Henson’s program looked the part of a GPAC contender in its first outing. Junior captain Maria Deeter recorded her first career hat trick and added an assist as part a big performance from the Seward native. In addition, senior Esther Soenksen added a goal and freshman Kaitlyn Radebaugh, a Roca, Neb., native, notched the first goal of her career. Picked third in the GPAC preseason coaches’ poll, the Bulldogs outshot Avila, 26-6. The win pushed Concordia’s home record to 27-5-1 since the start of the 2014 campaign.
York is simply looking for improvement after going 1-16 last season. CUNE defeated the Panthers, 6-0, in 2016. York opened this season with a 2-1 overtime loss at Dakota Wesleyan. The weekend will bring consecutive games against NCAA Division III Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference foes: Concordia-Chicago (10-8-2 in 2016) and Concordia-Wisconsin (5-11-1 in 2016). In the NACC preseason coaches poll, CUW checked in at No. 5 and CUC landed at No. 7 in the 10-team league.
Upon its return from the Chicago area, CUNE will host Bellevue University on Wednesday, Sept. 6. Three days later the Bulldogs are scheduled to make a road trip to Lamoni, Iowa, and square off with Graceland University.