Photo Courtesy of Erik Cumley
By Erik Cumley
Concordia University men’s soccer program finally returned to action after a ten-day break. The Bulldogs hosted the Doane University Tigers and finished the Tigers in a 5-1 thriller. Three Bulldogs scored their first goal on the season.
The Bulldogs came out hot and fast with sophomore Daniel Campbell scoring his first goal of the season within the first 8’. The Bulldogs weren’t done yet as sophomore Mauro Figueroa also scored his first goal of the season in the 11’ mark. Both Campbell and Figueroa notched a goal and an assist on the night. Freshman Braden Spath found his goal right before half at the 44’ mark. All three Bulldogs scored their first goals of the season within the first half.
It was a stalemate up until the last ten minutes of the half. sophomore Isiah Shaddick tried to score a goal of his own but Doane’s goalie, Shayne Miller, said otherwise. This would not be the only time Shaddick and Miller would face off in a one on one battle.
Coming out of halftime, the Tigers rallied off numerous attacks eventually scoring a goal, making it 3-1. Jason Weides, head coach of the Bulldogs, expected Doane to come out fast in the second half.
“I think you got to expect that from teams (to come out fast) so I don’t think it caught us off guard,” Weides said. “I think we just didn’t deal with it well.”
After Doane scored their goal, the Bulldogs shut them down for the remainder of the game. In the final ten minutes of the game Shaddick and Miller would face off yet again when Shaddick took a penalty kick for Concordia which was saved by Miller. Shaddick would finally find a goal of his own in the 92’ mark. Freshman Ryan Wukutch put the cherry on top scoring the last goal of the night in the 89’.
“Overall, it was a good performance, enjoy it and let’s move on the next.” Weides said.
Concordia is set to face off Presentation College next. Weides wants the Bulldogs to recover from this match and prepare for Presentation College.
“Our biggest preparation we have is making sure we recover well from this match and get prepared physically and mentally to step into compete,” Weides said. “I think for us right now we’re focused on our intensity in our competition against Presentation.”
Concordia will make the long trip to Aberdeen South Dakota to take on Presentation College on Oct. 31 with a kickoff time of 1:00 p.m. On the year Concordia moves to 7-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the conference.