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Home Sports Men’s Soccer Rises to Defeat Bellevue While Women Continue Undefeated Season

Goalie Federico Andrea Simonetti Catches Shot from Bellevue Player

The men and women’s soccer teams played Saturday afternoon and both teams won their games 1-0. Senior Carlos Orquiz made the goal for the men against the Bellevue University Bruins and freshman Kierstynn Garner made the goal for the women’s game against the Benedictine College Ravens.


The men faced a difficult team at home. Bellevue was ranked No. 12 in preseason and their skills showed on the field. Concordia struggled to make offensive moves, and fought hard to defend their own goal against the Bruins’ attacks. Bellevue had 17 corner kicks throughout the game, with 12 of them coming from the first half.


The Bulldogs settled into the game by the second half and started to be more aggressive. The team attempted nine shots in the second half, compared to only one shot in the first. However, Concordia’s goal came from a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.


Coach Jason Weides was proud of the team’s improvement in the game. He said, “[the game was] a little bit of a tale of two halves. I think we were not very good in the first half. Bellevue is very good, and it probably flipped a little bit in the second half… I was glad to see us overcome not playing well, especially on the attack.”


Tensions ran high towards the end of the game with the Bruins managing to accrue eight yellow cards, five of which came in the second half. However, Concordia received a few cards of their own. They had one yellow card and one red card. The red card was awarded as a small brawl began at the end of the game between a Bellevue player and a few Concordia players.


“When you’re playing two good teams, especially Bellevue, it’s just generally a pretty physical team. They’re strong and challenging, and you have to rise up to that,” said Coach Weides. 


He continued, “Overall, throughout the game I think our guys showed good composure to take those fouls… we didn’t really have too many cards today.”


The women’s game was much tamer by comparison, but was played quite similarly. The first half involved a lot of defensive playing by the Bulldogs. Benedictine attempted nine shots compared to Concordia’s two. The Ravens also played a patient game by keeping possession for most of the half, trying to force the Bulldogs to make moves first.


In the second half, Concordia scored their one goal of the day in the 57th minute. Freshman Shi-Lynn Yon made a long pass to Garner who ran down the field and managed to fit a long shot past three defenders and the goalie to score. The Ravens were unable to respond, continuing the women’s undefeated streak.


The men’s team is now 4-1 and the women’s team is 4-0. Both teams play Bethany College on Sept. 13 at Bulldog Stadium. The women start off the night with a game at 5:30 p.m. and the men follow at 8 p.m.

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