SEWARD, Neb. – Fresh off its second GPAC tournament title in three seasons, the Concordia University women’s soccer squad is ready to move ahead to the 2017 campaign. Head coach Greg Henson’s program announced an 18-game 2017 schedule on Thursday (June 1). The season is set to officially get underway inside Bulldog Stadium on Aug. 26 when Avila University (Mo.) makes the trip to Seward.
Exactly half of Concordia’s regular-season games will be contested at home where the Bulldogs own a record of 26-5-1 over the past three seasons. During that same stretch, Henson has guided the program to an average of 15 wins per season and three-consecutive appearances in the GPAC tournament title game. In its most recent home affair, Concordia topped Morningside, 3-1, in the conference championship game.
Two nonconference home games in particular will feature marquee matchups. The Bulldogs will welcome instate foe and perennial national tournament qualifier Bellevue University to Seward on Sept. 6. Ten days later, Concordia will host 2016 co-Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season champion Kansas Wesleyan University. Also in non-league action, the Bulldogs will play for Concordia bragging rights when it takes on Concordia University Chicago on Sept. 1 and Concordia University Wisconsin on Sept. 2. Both games will be hosted by Concordia-Chicago.
Based on last season’s final GPAC standings, Henson’s squad will face some of its most challenging games down the stretch. In a rematch of last year’s conference semifinal, the Bulldogs will travel to play Midland on Oct. 18. The regular-season will conclude with a showdown in Seward when Hastings makes its way to town on Oct. 25. The conference slate opens up Sept. 23 with a trip to Dakota Wesleyan.
For a recap on Concordia’s spring season, click HERE.