Photo Courtesy of Sower Staff
By Erik Cumley
It was a heartbreak ending for the Concordia Bulldogs Men’s soccer team on Saturday April 10 after a loss to the Northwestern Red Raiders with a score of 10-9. The game was a hard fought 110 minutes that ended in a 0-0 draw, making the game go into penalty kicks.
Each side would make their first nine penalty kicks, however on the tenth, Concordia would miss giving the Red Raiders an opportunity to win the game. On Northwestern’s tenth kick, keeper Ezekiel Foltz would sail his shot over the crossbar, however he was granted a re-kick because Concordia’s keeper was judged to have left the line too early. Foltz would then make his second kick, winning the game for the Red Raiders.
On the shot count, Concordia held the advantage 12-10. Northwestern’s goalkeeper Foltz would make seven total saves on the night. Concordia’s very own freshman Federico Andrea Simonetti would have four saves.
Sophomore Yessine Bessaies led the Bulldogs in shots with four shots and three on goal. Fellow sophomore Daniel Campbell would also fire off two shots of his own both being on goal. In total the Bulldogs had seven shots on goal compared to Northwestern’s four. During overtime, Concordia would only get two shots off.
Northwestern will now play in the Great Plains Athletic Conference semifinals on Tue. April 13. As for the Bulldogs, their season has come to an end. This marks the tenth straight season the men’s have notched at least ten total wins. Five total Bulldogs finished with all-conference accolades including Iker Casanova, Moises Jacobo, Carlos Orquiz, and Federico Andrea Simonetti all finished second team while Garrett Perry got honorable mention.