Trio of goals in four minute span gives Concordia a win
CRETE, Neb. – The Concordia women’s soccer team scored three goals in four minutes to defeat Doane on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The win snaps the Bulldogs’ three game streak of losses. Esther Soenksen, Ashley Martin and Jeannelle Condame each found the back of the net in the final minutes of the first half.
The Bulldogs are now 9-5-1, 3-4-1 GPAC while the Tigers drop to 4-10, 2-6 GPAC on the season.
Said head coach Greg Henson on the win, “It was a game we definitely needed to come out and play and get some points. Doane was a difficult opponent but we created enough chances to have the opportunity to win. We got fortunate in the first half on a couple dangerous opportunities that they had on set pieces. They were able to get in behind us once and bang one off the post. We did a good job of responding and looking to attack.”
Soenksen scored her 11th goal of the season and first of the night 41:22 into the first half before assisting Martin’s first collegiate goal. The Colorado native scored with two minutes remaining in the half. Condame then scored her second of the season with 45 seconds remaining in the half.
“A definite turning point was about a five minute period late in the first half when we were able to get three goals and put the game away,” Henson noted. “Esther did a nice job with her goal. The second goal was another great play. Ashley has been doing a great job getting forward for us all year out of her outside back position. Esther did a great job of setting it up to her. Jeannelle really stepped up on the free kick and found the back of the net to give us a three nothing margin.”
Chrissy Lind filled the net for the Bulldogs making five huge saves to help keep the shutout secure. Tiger keeper Kayla Wegmen made 13 saves for Doane College.
Said Henson, “Chrissy Lind made some huge saves for us throughout the course of the game. She did a really nice job keeping the shutout.”
Concordia, who has now won the last three meetings of the two teams, led in shots 22-13 and shots on goal 16-5. The Tigers had the edge in corner kicks, 8-2.
“The focus right now is coming out energized and motivated for the match,” Henson said on upcoming GPAC play. “We did a good job of that tonight and we need to keep that focus going into Saturday’s match.”
The Concordia University women’s soccer team will return to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 24 as it travels to Dakota Wesleyan University (2-12, 0-7 GPAC) for a 1 p.m. kickoff.