GAME NOTES: No. 21 Concordia women's soccer embark on first road game

By on Aug. 31, 2015 in Women's Soccer

GAME NOTES: No. 21 Concordia women’s soccer embark on first road game

SEWARD, Neb. – The No. 21 Concordia women’s soccer team will travel to York College for its first road game of the season. The match will take place in York, Neb. at the Cornerstone Complex at 5:30 p.m.

No. 21 Concordia University (2-0) at York College (0-2)
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m. CT
Site: Cornerstone Complex in York, Neb.


Last time out
On Wednesday, Aug. 26, the No. 21 Concordia women’s soccer team took on Bethel College. The Bulldogs shutout the Threshers, 5-0. Goals came from sophomore Esther Soenksen (2), sophomore Jessica Skerston, freshman Maria Deeter and junior Jordan McCoy. Keeper Chrissy Lind notched two saves on five Bethel shots. The Bulldogs recorded 22 shots in the match.

Saturday, Aug. 29 the Bulldogs invited the No. 16 Bruins of Bellevue to Bulldog Stadium. The ‘Dogs came out on top again, 2-1. Scoring goals in the match were sophomore Soenksen and freshman Kaylee Brown. Soenksen is now one goal shy of tying her season high of four. Lind tallied four saves on 13 Bellevue shots. The Bulldogs took 11 shots in the contest.

GPAC individual rankings
Three different Bulldogs are ranked in individual stats in the GPAC. Esther Soenksen is second in both goals per game (1.5) and in total goals (3). Jessica Skerstson is first in shots per game (5.5) and keeper Chrissy Lind is third in goals against average (0.5).

Scouting York College
York College comes into Tuesday’s game with an overall record of 0-2. The Panthers dropped matches to Mount Marty College (0-2) and Sterling College (0-2). Panther keeper Jenna Shipley has tallied 21 saves so far this season. Freshman Danitsa Zavala leads the team with three shots. The Panthers are led by head coach Ryan Davis who is in his second season at York College. Davis is assisted by Jordan Veness and Heather Negley.

“It was a real great win for us tonight. I’m very happy with the result. Obviously, Bellevue came in as the 16th team in the nation. I think we earned our national ranking tonight. It’s been a few years since we’ve defeated Bellevue so I was really happy with the effort of the entire team.”

-Greg Henson on the win over Bellevue

“We always have to crash to the back of the net. If the goalie does drop you want to be there which is kind of what happened. It was a great ball from the other outside mid, Jordan (McCoy). You just have to do your job to finish it.”
-Freshman Kaylee Brown on her first collegiate goal

Bulldogs in the rankings
For the second time in program history, the Concordia University women’s soccer team has been ranked in the NAIA’s top 25. Announced on Tuesday, Aug. 18, the poll listed the Bulldogs at No. 21 which is the highest-ever ranking for the program. The GPAC preseason poll was also announced Tuesday, Aug. 18 where the Bulldogs found themselves ranked second behind regular-season champion Hastings. This placing was the highest preseason ranking dating back to 2006. The match against No. 16 Bellevue College on Saturday, Aug. 29 was the first time that two ranked teams faced off at Bulldog Stadium.

Up next for the Bulldogs
The Concordia University Bulldogs will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 12. The No. 6 Ravens of Benedictine College will travel to Bulldog Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff.