By Taylor Mueller, Athletic Communications Assistant
NEWTON, Kan. – It didn’t take long for the Concordia University women’s soccer team to trump its road winning total from the 2013 season. Fresh off a 6-0 thumping over Grace University on Friday, the Bulldogs were at it again, thanks to execution in nearly every aspect of the game as they topped Bethel College, 2-0 in Newton, Kan.
“We dominated the game in every facet except for scoring goals,” head coach Greg Henson said. “It was good to end our stretch of three games in four days with back-to-back wins. It was a good effort for 90 minutes for us.”
The Bulldogs were on the attack the whole game, getting off 26 shots to Bethel’s three. Despite their offensive flurry of shots, however, they were unable to find the net until late into the second half when senior Melissa Stine’s shot was knocked away by the Bethel keeper, providing an opportunity for breakout freshman Jessica Skerston to score her fifth goal in just four games in the 60th minute.
“Their keeper did a good job of keeping us off the scoreboard until we finally got a goal in the 60th minute,” Henson said. “I wish it had been a little easier and a little less exciting, but it was good to get the result. Melissa Stine did a good job on the attack. She set up the first goal with a great attack. Jessica Skerston was able to put the rebound in the back of the net.”
But 16 minutes later, Skerston wasn’t done yet.
In the 76th minute, Skertson followed suite with yet another goal to put the Bulldogs ahead 2-0, extending her hot streak to six goals in the first four games of her young Bulldog career.
“Skerston had two more goals when we really needed them,” Henson said.
Not to be overlooked, sophomore goal keeper Chrissy Lind was solid on the defense, though her day’s work did not consist of anything too demanding.
“Our back line as a whole did very well,” Henson said. “Chrissy was pretty uninvolved, which is a good thing. We made her job boring.”
Henson was pleased with his team’s performance, a second-straight victory that came in a three game stretch over the course of just four days.
“We really dominated,” Henson said. “We kept possession of the ball and really moved it. It was one of those games where they rarely threatened us. Overall it was a good effort from us.”
Concordia is now 2-1 on the road after going 1-5-2 last season in true road contests.
The Bulldogs will get six days of some much needed rest until their next match on Friday, Sept. 12 when they head back down to Kansas to take on Sterling College.