GAME NOTES: Midland and Morningside on Bulldogs’ upcoming schedule

SEWARD, Neb. – The No. 23 Concordia women’s soccer team will host Midland University on Wednesday, Oct. 7 for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff. The Bulldogs will visit Sioux City, Iowa to face Morningside College. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

Midland University (6-3-1, 2-1 GPAC) at No. 23 Concordia University (7-2-1, 1-1-1 GPAC)
Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 5:30 p.m. CT
Site: Bulldog Stadium
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network

No. 23 Concordia University (7-2-1, 1-1-1 GPAC) at Morningside College (6-3-1, 2-1 GPAC)
Saturday, Oct. 10 | 5:30 p.m.
Site: Olsen Stadium | Sioux City, Iowa
Webcast: Morningside College MCTV 

Last time out
In the first-ever meeting between ranked GPAC women’s soccer teams, the 18th-ranked Concordia University women’s soccer team struggled to create offensive chances and fell, 1-0, on the road while up against preseason conference favorite and 21st-ranked Hastings last Wednesday night. The Bulldogs then defeated Dordt College, 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 3 in the NAIA Match of the Week. The Bulldogs’ goal came from sophomore Jeannelle Condame. Keeper Chrissy Lind put up a wall, tallying 10 saves.

Lind grabs GPAC weekly honors
Chrissy Lind of Concordia is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Soccer Defensive Player-of-the-Week. Lind, a junior, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, allowed just a single goal in 180 minutes of action last week. She racked up a total of 19 saves, including 10 in the shutout of Dordt in the "NAIA Match of the Week." Lind has four shutouts this season and a program record 17 for her career. She ranks 29th nationally in goals against average. This is the junior's first weekly honor this year and third in her career.

GPAC rankings
As a team in the GPAC, Concordia is ranked first in goals allowed per game (0.80), tied for first in total shutouts (5), ranked second in goals per game (2.5), total goals (25) and shutouts per game (0.50), ranked third in total assists (14) and ranked fourth in assists per game (1.4).

Megan Brunssen – assists per game, tied for ninth (0.30); total assists, tied for ninth (3)

Chrissy Lind – total saves, tied for seventh (43); goals against average, first (0.79); saves per game, seventh (4.78)

Jessica Skerston – points per game, tied for ninth (1.30); total points, tied for ninth (13); total goals, tied for ninth (5); assists per game, tied for ninth (0.30); total assists, tied for ninth (3); shots per game, fourth (3.90); shots on goal per game, seventh (1.80)

Esther Soenksen – points per game, second (2.30); total points, tied for second (23); goals per game, tied for first (1.00); total goals, tied for first (10); assists per game, tied for ninth (0.30); total assists, tied for ninth (3); shots per game, tied for fifth (3.50); shots on goal per game, third (2.40); game winning goals per game, tied for ninth (0.20); total game winning goals, tied for third (2)

National rankings
As a team nationally, the bulldogs rank 17th in total shutouts (5) and 24th in shutouts per game (0.5).

Chrissy Lind – goals against per game, 30th (0.79)

Esther Soenksen – total goals, 25th (10); goals per game, 28th (1.00); total points, 29th (23.0); points per game, 34th (2.30)

“We knew Dordt was going to be a challenging opponent, they’ve had a good year themselves. It was important for us to come out of the game with three points that was the goal for us, we didn’t care how pretty it was, we just wanted to get the result.”

-Head coach Greg Henson

Scouting the Midland University Warriors
The Warriors of Midland University are coming into Wednesday’s match with an overall record of 6-3-1. In GPAC play, the Warriors are 2-1 after defeated Mount Marty, 3-0 and Morningside, 3-2 in overtime and dropping a match to Nebraska Wesleyan, 0-1. Midland is ranked 36th nationally in shots per game (18.20) and 37th in shots on goal per game (9.6). In the goal keeper department, the Warriors have a save percentage of .808, alloying 14 goals this season. The Warriors are led by head coach Greg Jarosik who is in his third season at Midland University. Jarosik is assisted by Paul Cox, Lauren Gray and Chris Watson.

Scouting the Morningside College Mustangs
The Mustangs of Morningside College own a 6-3-1 (2-1 GPAC) record so far this season. In GPAC play, the Mustangs have defeated College of Saint Mary, 4-1 and Mount Marty, 6-0. The lone conference loss came from Midland, 2-3 in overtime. As a team, Morningside has a shots on goal percentage of .571 and take an average of 16.8 shots per game. The Mustangs own a .754 save percentage and have allowed 14 goals this year. The Mustangs are led by head coach Tom Maxon who is in his 15th year at Morningside College. Maxon is assisted by Maggie Wylie.

Up next on the pitch
The No. 23 Concordia women’s soccer team will have two home contests next week. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Prairie Wolves from Nebraska Wesleyan will pay a visit to Bulldog Stadium for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff. The Briar Cliff Chargers will be the opponent on Saturday, Oct. 17 with a 1 p.m. start time. Both contests will be available to view on the Concordia Sports Network.