SEWARD, Neb. – After winning both matches last week the Concordia University women’s soccer team continues its GPAC slate this weekend. The Bulldogs will play hosts to Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Saturday, Oct. 3 vs. Dakota Wesleyan (4-0, 3-0), 5:30 p.m.
Concordia was initially scheduled to play at Midland on Wednesday however, due to COVID-19 implications, the game has been postponed and will now be played on Nov. 4.
After decimating Mount Marty (12-0) and squeaking by Dordt (1-0), the Bulldogs continued their winning ways as they shutout Northwestern (2-0) on Saturday. Sophomore Grace Soenksen’s netted her second career goal off a Mikeila Martinez pass in the 54th minute of play to beak a nil-nil tie. Sophomore Kaydn Lane then cushioned the Bulldogs lead, scoring her first career goal in the 66th minute of play on a beautiful pass from Bethany Fuchs. The Bulldog defense was stout as usual. Sophomore Goalkeeper Lindsey Carley made one save in her only opportunity to collect her third clean sheet of the season.
Going into the season, head coach Thomas Goines stressed the importance of how a strong defense can lead to offensive opportunities and so far, his Bulldogs have proved that. This season Concordia has 38 shots on goal while limiting opponents to just 15.
Dakota Wesleyan (4-0) will provide the toughest test yet for the Bulldogs. The Tigers defeated Hastings (3-2) and College of Saint Mary (4-2) in their GPAC matches this season. The matchup has significant conference standings implications as Wesleyan sits a half-game back of Concordia atop the GPAC standings. The Tigers have exceeded preseason expectations so far as they were slated to finish 10th in the preseason coaches’ poll.
Following the game against Dakota Wesleyan, The Bulldogs will be back on the road Wednesday, Oct. 7, when they square off against Morningside College. Match time is set for 5:30 p.m. CT.