Photo Courtesy of Sower Staff
By Erik Cumley
The Bulldogs won a close battle against the Dordt Defenders Wednesday Sept. 23.
Junior defender Cheyenne Smith scored for the Bulldogs allowing them to win 1-0 against the Defenders. This is the second shutout for Concordia Women’s soccer, beating Dordt University 1-0 Wednesday Sept. 23 and pummeling Mount Marty 12-0 four days earlier.
The Bulldogs had possession much of the game having shot 21-8 in the shot count (11-4 in shots on goal). The Defenders had a chance to lead at half time, however senior goalkeeper Lindsey Carley saved the header attempt. Cheyanne Smith scored her third career goal at the 61’’ mark with the assist going to junior midfielder Madeline Haugen.
With a rebuilt back line, the Bulldogs defense has done well only allowing one goal on the season. The lone goal was allowed against Bellevue in overtime at their season opener.
Lindsey Carley did the goalkeeping for the Bulldogs as she held off senior midfielder Alaina VanZalen, the Defenders most active attacker. VanZalen shot four shots with two on goal. Carley also had two more saves on the night totaling out to four saves.
Junior midfielder Mikeila Martinez, sophomore midfielder Jaiden Beecher, and Madeline Haugen each had four shots, Haugen also had the assist on the one goal scored by Smith.
The Bulldogs will now return home to host Northwestern (0-2-1, 0-2 GPAC) on Saturday Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. This will be the first time the Bulldogs will play at home since their home opener on Sept. 9. Last year’s match against Northwestern resulted in a 1-0 victory in favor of the Bulldogs.