By Erik Cumley
Photo Courtesy of Sower Staff
Concordia Men’s soccer won its home match versus Dakota Wesleyan Saturday Oct. 3 as the hard-fought match ended in a 2-0 victory for the Bulldogs. This marks the fifth straight win for the men as they move on to 5-1 record on the year and 3-0 record in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Concordia put the pressure on Dakota Wesleyan early, causing a mess up between defenders resulting in an own goal at the 5’’ mark. That would not be the last time Concordia saw the net, in the second half senior midfielder Garrett Perry scored a goal of his own lifting the Bulldogs lead to 2-0.
Head coach Jason Weides thought it was a good game and that they started the game fast.
“We were really pleased with the start. We’ve been starting games slow and today I think they came out right at the get go.” Weides said. “We played at a good level and gave Dakota Wesleyan a lot of pressure.”
As the season goes on, fancy footwork and goals seem to be becoming the norm for Perry as he scored his fifth goal of the season in the 51st minute of the second half.
Sophomore forward Isaiah Shaddick nearly found a goal of his own near the 80’’ mark. Reaching the end of the game, four shots in four minutes left Dakota Wesleyan on their heels for the rest of the night; all those shots being wide left, right, and high.
The Bulldogs owned the shot count yet again with a 16-3 advantage, 7-1 on goal.
Freshman goalkeeper Federico Andrea Simonetti did not have to do much, only having to maintain his defenses composure and saving one shot on goal.
Starting fast and being the aggressor is a focus for the Bulldogs throughout the year. As they prepare for Jamestown on Oct. 10, they will prepare for a team that is good at maintaining possession.
“We’re going to have to attack them quickly when we do have possession and they’re going to challenge us in a lot of ways.” Weides said.
The Bulldogs will host Jamestown, who has a 1-2 record on year and in GPAC, next Saturday Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Last year they ended in a 1-1 draw.