Concordia ready for road tests

By Hunter Corneliusen on Nov. 2, 2020 in Women's Soccer

SEWARD, Neb. – After a dominant 7-0 shutout win over rival Doane, the Concordia Women’s Soccer team continues their GPAC slate with a road trip this week. Head coach Thomas Goines’ squad will look to extend its four-game winning streak as they travel to Midland on Wednesday before heading to Presentation on Sunday.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Midland University (3-3-2, 3-3-2), 5 p.m.

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Sunday, Nov. 8 at. Presentation College (0-9-2, 0-7-2), 12 p.m.

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Junior midfielder Madeline Haugen led the Bulldogs offensively in last week’s 7-0 win over Doane. Haugen found the back of the net in the 58th and 61st minutes for her first and second goals of the season. Ellie Eason, Jaiden Beecher, Aliyah Aldama and Jennika Chapman also scored goals during the route. Goalkeepers Lindsey Carley and Kassidy Johnson helped preserve the clean sheet for Concordia while combining for three saves. Overall, Concordia had 32 shots during the match while putting 19 shots on goal. The Bulldogs limited the Tigers to just four shots overall and three shots on goal. The win marks the eighth consecutive time Concordia has defeated Doane.

Coming down to the homestretch of the regular-season Concordia finds itself atop the GPAC standings with a 7-2 record in GPAC play. Concordia currently leads second-place Dakota Wesleyan (7-4) and third-place Briar Cliff (6-0-1). While Briar Cliff has no conference losses, they sit behind Concordia and Dakota Wesleyan due to playing fewer games. The Bulldogs regular-season finale on Nov. 14 against Briar Cliff could potentially decide the GPAC regular-season championship.

However, the Bulldogs must take care of business this week before looking ahead to Briar Cliff. 

The Concordia-Midland series has been competitive in the last decade; however, the Bulldogs hold a 6-3-1 advantage. Concordia will be looking to avenge last year's 2-0 loss to the Warriors, which came on Oct. 9, 2019.

Midland (3-3-2) has dealt with COVID-19 issues all year as four consecutive matches got canceled earlier in the season. However, the Warriors were able to put those issues behind them and get back on the pitch last month. Midland is coming off a 2-1 overtime win over Mount Marty. The Midland defense has been stout all season as the Warriors have allowed just six goals in eight games. Their 0.75 goals allowed per game rank fourth in the GPAC, right behind Concordia’s 0.60. Offensively the Warriors have struggled mightily to find the back of the net with just six goals all season. Midland was the preseason favorite in the 2020 GPAC Coaches’ Poll, garnering ten first-place votes.

Presentation (0-9-2) has yet to find the W column this year. The Saints were soundly defeated in their last match, 5-0 by the College of Saint Mary. Their 0.55 goals per game rank 12th in the conference, while their 2.91 goals allowed per game rank 11th. Freshman midfielder Delainey Williams is the Saints most explosive offensive threat as she leads the team with three goals this season. Presentation was picked last in the 2020 GPAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  

Following this week’s matches, Concordia will close out the regular season when Briar Cliff comes to town on Nov. 14. Game time is set for 1 p.m. CT.