Mussell nets GPAC Offensive Player of the Week honors

Concordia sophomore midfielder Rachel Mussell has been named GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

“Rachel has been outstanding this season,” Concordia women’s soccer head coach Lisa White said. “With the help of her teammates, she has found a way to fill the offensive role that was carried by a few of our graduating players. Her composure on the ball, ability to read the game and desire to be a driven student of the game has allowed her to capitalize on opportunities created by her efforts and those around her.”

The Buffalo, Minn., native played a key role in all four of the Bulldogs’ goals in a pair of triumphs over the past week. Mussell scored the team’s lone goal in a 1-0 win over York on Sept. 19. She then posted two goals and an assist on Sept. 22 as Concordia (3-3, 1-0 GPAC) claimed a 3-2 victory over Dordt in the GPAC season opener.

Mussell now has seven goals and one assist on the season. Her 1.17 goals and 2.5 points per game both rank No. 1 in the GPAC and rate 23rd and 27th nationally, respectively. Her seven goals, tied for the most in the conference, are five more than she tallied her entire freshman season.