SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia University Women’s Soccer team completely stifled last week’s opponents on the attack. For her role in two victories, sophomore Allee Downing has been named the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports GPAC Defensive Player of the Week, as announced on Tuesday (Oct. 20). This marks the first career GPAC award earned by Downing. Teammate Grace Soenksen garnered the GPAC Defensive Player of the Week honor on Sept. 29.
Downing has starred at left back for the Bulldogs, who entered this week on a three-game win streak. A native of Sioux City, Iowa (Sioux City East HS), Downing played a key role for a back line that last week surrendered just one combined shot on goal in 1-0 victories over both College of Saint Mary and Hastings. As Head Coach Thomas Goines noted, Downing (28 career games played) did not allow an opponent to beat her via dribble or service during last week’s action. The strong team defensive effort aided in goalkeeper Lindsey Carley picking up the 20th and 21st shutouts of her career.
Concordia (6-3, 6-2 GPAC) will attempt to keep the win streak intact when it hosts Briar Cliff (5-0-1, 5-0 GPAC) at 5:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday. The Bulldogs will also be at Presentation (0-6-2, 0-4-2 GPAC) on Saturday.