by Garrett Suchanek
Friday night, the Concordia women’s soccer team took the field with hopes of repeating as GPAC champions, but a Morningside goal in the final minute of regulation sent the Bulldogs home in defeat 2-1.
The Bulldogs finished the year with a 13-6-2 record.
Concordia didn’t get off to a great start as they trailed early.
The Mustangs struck first in the eighth minute when Jackie Martinez scored off a set piece, a situation in which the ball is returned to open play after a stoppage.
However, shortly after Morningside took the lead, the Bulldogs responded with their own goal off a free kick.
Sophomore Jeannelle Condame buried a 30-yard strike to tie the game at 1-1 midway through the first half.
Following the goal, Concordia had another opportunity to score but missed just wide.
For the rest of the half, both teams were shut out and the game stayed tied 1-1 at halftime.
In the second half, both teams had opportunities to take the lead, but both goalies stopped anything and everything close.
Despite solid play all night by junior goalkeeper Chrissy Lind, the Mustangs capitalized on another set piece.
With less than a minute to go in regulation, Morningside had a free kick and sent the ball into the crowd of players in the box. A few moments later, Martinez slid her second goal of the night past Lind to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead with 38 seconds left.
Following the goal, the Bulldogs had one more push for an equalizer, but the ball was cleared out onto Concordia’s side of the field and time ran out.