SEWARD, Neb. – For the first time ever, two ranked women’s soccer teams dueled inside Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs were on the winning end of the contest, defeating No. 16 Bellevue, 2-1. The win Saturday night marks Concordia’s 11th triumph in the last 16 games and the second time coming out on top over Bellevue in program history.
The Bruins of Bellevue were the first to strike, scoring just over eight minutes into the tilt. The goal came from Michelle Dolder who was eight yards out. Kaylee Brown found the back of the net after making her first start for the Bulldogs. After Bruins keeper, Bailey Petzoldt could not hold on to a potential save, Brown tapped in the ball to tie the game at the 18th minute. In the second half, Esther Soenksen scored her third goal of the season from 12 yards out, assisted by Jessica Skerston. The goal put the CUNE ahead at the 76th minute and sealed the win for the Bulldogs.
Goalkeepers Chrissy Lind and Petzoldt both tallied four saves and played all 90 minutes. The Bruins outshot the Bulldogs 13-11 while corner kicks were even at four apiece.
Said head coach Greg Henson on the win, “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.”
The No. 21 Bulldogs improve to 2-0 on the season while the No. 16 Bruins fall to 0-2. The Concordia women’s soccer team will travel to York College for its next match on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m.