GAME NOTES: Lady 'Dogs wrap up regular season at home

By on Oct. 26, 2015 in Women's Soccer

GAME NOTES: Lady ‘Dogs wrap up regular season at home

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia women’s soccer team will finish out its regular season schedule in Bulldog Stadium. The Flames of College of Saint Mary will travel to Seward on Wednesday, Oct. 28 for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 31 the Mount Marty Lancers will be the Bulldogs’ opponent for Senior Day. The match is slated for 5:30.

College of Saint Mary (8-5-1, 4-4-1 GPAC) at Concordia University (10-5-1, 4-4-1 GPAC)
Wednesday, Oct. 28 | 7 p.m. CT
Site: Bulldog Stadium
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network

Mount Marty College (1-14, 0-9 GPAC) at Concordia University (10-5-1, 4-4-1 GPAC)
Saturday, Oct. 31 | 5:30 p.m. CT
Senior Day
Site: Bulldog Stadium
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network

Last time out
The Concordia women’s soccer team scored three goals in four minutes to defeat Doane on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The win snaps the Bulldogs’ three game streak of losses. Esther Soenksen, Ashley Martin and Jeannelle Condame each found the back of the net in the final minutes of the first half. Then on Saturday, Oct. 24, the squad found a goal in the second overtime to defeat Dakota Wesleyan, 1-0. Sophomore Jessica Skerston scored with 7:52 left in the last overtime.

Seniors on track to retire on high note
The Concordia women’s soccer team seniors are one win away from breaking a four year period record of wins. One additional win would give the seniors 41 wins over their four seasons to break the previous record of 40 set by the 2003-06 teams. The seniors will be honored during pregame of the match vs Mount Marty on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Lind grabs GPAC weekly honors
For the second time this season and fifth time in her career, keeper Chrissy Lind has received Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week recognition announced by the GPAC office Tuesday, Oct. 27.

After playing over 192 minutes of soccer, Lind did not allow a single goal in two road wins last week over Doane College and Dakota Wesleyan University. The Colorado native extended her career record shutout total to 20 after the two tilts and 10 combined saves.

GPAC Players of the Week
Week 1: Esther Soenksen (Offense) 
Week 3: Jessica Skerston (Offense)
Week 5: Chrissy Lind (Defense)
Week 8: Chrissy Lind (Defense) 

GPAC rankings
As a team in the GPAC, Concordia leads in goals allowed per game (0.69), is ranked second in shutouts per game (0.50) and in total shutouts (8), is tied for third in total assists (18), ranks fourth in goals per game (1.94)and total goals (31) and is tied for fourth in assists per game (1.13).

Chrissy Lind – total saves, sixth (69); goals against average, first (0.67); saves per game, sixth (4.60)

Jessica Skerston – total assists, tied for eighth (4); shots per game, eighth (3.06)

Esther Soenksen – points per game, tied for sixth (1.63); total points, tied for sixth (26); goals per game, seventh (0.69); total goals, sixth (11); total assists, tied for eighth (4); shots per game, ninth (2.94); shots on goal per game, seventh (1.94); total game winning goals, tied for fifth (3)

National rankings
As a team, the Bulldogs rank 16th in total shutouts (8) and 21st in shutouts per game (.50). Individually, Chrissy Lind places 16th in goals against average (0.67).

 “It was a game we definitely needed to come out and play and get some points. Doane was a difficult opponent but we created enough chances to have the opportunity to win. We got fortunate in the first half on a couple dangerous opportunities that they had on set pieces. They were able to get in behind us once and bang one off the post. We did a good job of responding and looking to attack.”

-Head coach Greg Henson

Scouting the College of Saint Mary Flames
The Flames of College of Saint Mary hold an 8-5-1 (4-4-1 GPAC) record this season. The Flames have defeated conference opponents Mount Marty, Doane, Briar Cliff and Dakota Wesleyan this year outscoring those, 11-2. CSM ranks third in the GPAC in shots per game (16.43) and in assists per game (1.29). As a team, the Flames own a .557 shots on goal percentage and have a combined save percentage of .792 through 14 matches. The Flames are led by head coach John Carlson who is in his first season at College of Saint Mary. Carlson is assisted by Maren McCrary, Mario Zuniga, Bob Brandriff and Tory Robinson.

Scouting the Mount Marty Lancers
The Lancers of Mount Marty College are currently 1-14 (0-9 GPAC) this season. Mount Marty defeated York College in its first contest of the season, 2-0. The Lancers have reached overtimes in two tilts this season versus Johnson & Wales University and Dakota Wesleyan University. MMC ranks first in the GPAC in saves per game (10.40), which also ranks 15th nationally, and second in the conferenced and 10th in the country in total saves (156). Keeper Courtney True ranks fourth nationally in total saves (155). The Lancers are led by head coach Peter Shepherd who is in his first season at Mount Marty College. Shepherd is assisted by Mancy Saunders, Dane Hansen, Rogelio Duran and Molly Buche.

Up next on the pitch 
The Concordia women’s soccer team has its eyes set on a spot in the GPAC tournament. The tournament will begin Thursday, Nov. 5. Details on game times and locations will be available at a later date. GPAC standings through Monday, Oct. 26 are listed below.

Team                            GPAC   Overall
(17) Hastings                 9-0        12-4
(RV) Morningside          7-2        11-4-1
Northwestern                 5-2-2     8-5-3
Dordt                            5-4        10-6
Nebraska Wesleyan       5-4        8-7
Concordia                     4-4-1     10-5-1
College of Saint Mary    4-4-1     8-5-1
Midland                        4-4-1     8-6-2
Briar Cliff                      4-4-1     7-7-1
Doane                          3-6        5-10
Dakota Wesleyan          1-8        3-13
Mount Marty                  0-9        1-14