Offensive explosion lifts Concordia to victory

By Hunter Corneliusen on Oct. 28, 2020 in Women's Soccer

SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia Women’s Soccer team had itself a goal party at Bulldog Stadium. This took place on Wednesday (Oct. 28) evening at Bulldog Stadium, as the Bulldogs decimated Doane, 7-0.

The party got started in the 12th minute with a little help from the visitors as an own goal by Doane gave Concordia a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Ellie Eason recorded her first career goal off an assist from Bethany Fuchs in the 16th minute to push the Bulldogs lead to 2-0. Sophomore Jaiden Beecher then joined the party as her goal in the 33rd minute increased the lead to 3-0. Two goals by junior Madeline Haugen gave Concordia a 5-0 advantage. Aliyah Aldama and Jennika Chapman added a pair of goals in the final third to make it 7-0. 

Overall, Concordia had 32 shots during the match while putting 19 shots on goal. The Bulldog defense stifled the Tigers as Doane had just four shots overall and three shots on goal. Doane goalkeeper Hannah Drolshagen who entered the match ranked fifth in the nation in saves, recorded ten saves in 60 minutes of play. The Concordia goalkeeping duo of Lindsey Carley and Kassidy Johnson helped preserved the clean sheet. Carley had two saves during the match, while Johnson recorded one during her first action this season.

Head Coach Thomas Goines was satisfied with the performance and hopes it can be a building block for the Bulldog offense during the season's final stretch.

“We have had strong performances in offensive possession and attack of the middle thirds. We just haven’t been able to put the final pieces together. When we scored relatively early in the match, it took some of the stress off the girls. We have to push for that result, and it is a big relief I feel like to have this result. The girls realized our offense is all about putting us in opportunities to finish. Now we have to stop trying so hard to do it and go do it naturally.”

The seven goals were the second-most scored by the Bulldogs in a match this season and most since their 12-0 victory at Mount Marty back on Sept. 19. A season-high 29 Bulldogs appeared in the match, which is eight more than their previous high, which was also during the Sept. 19th match at Mount Marty.

Head Coach Thomas Goines’ squad extended their winning streak to four and now stand at 7-3 overall and 7-2 in GPAC play. The last three matches of the season have a significant impact on where Concordia will finish in the GPAC standings.

Concordia is back in action on Wednesday, Nov. 4, as they travel to Midland (2-3-2, 2-3-2 GPAC). The Bulldogs will look to avenge last year’s 2-0 loss to the Warriors. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.