Photo description: The CUNE women celebrate their efforts as they make their way off the field
Photo credit: Courtney Wright (photo from previous game)
The Concordia men’s and women’s soccer teams took on Northwestern College on Saturday. The men ended in a 2-2 draw and the women won 8-0 on a dreary afternoon.
After a brief lightning delay, the men started off hot, scoring a goal in the 12th minute. Junior Jarrod Henson scored a header off of a great pass by senior Victor Meneses. The rest of the first half was relatively quiet and Concordia went into the break with a 1-0 lead.
Northwestern came out of the halftime break roaring, scoring a goal in the 57th and again in the 60th. However, the flurry of goals didn’t stop, with the Bulldogs evening the score once again with a goal in the 61st. Senior Isaiah Shaddick scored the goal and was assisted by junior Carter Hinman. The rest of the half saw several saves by both sides, but neither team broke through to take the win.
Concordia attempted 10 shots as a team with seven of those as shots on the goal. Junior goalkeeper Gabriel Mendoza recorded three saves on the day. This game also had a plethora of yellow cards, with eight between both teams.
The women’s team came out hot and stayed hot all afternoon. The first goal came in the 13th by sophomore Elena Ruiz. Less than a minute later, Ruiz scored yet again to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. The next goal came from freshman Sadie Mares, giving Concordia a 3-0 lead going into halftime.
Coming out of the half, Ruiz stayed red hot as she scored her third goal of the game in the 47th. Fellow sophomore Kierstynn Garner was the next to find the back of the goal, scoring in the 66th off an assist from junior Taylor Slaymaker. In the 72nd, sophomore Sierra Springer added a goal of her own to stretch the lead to 6-0. Springer was not finished, as she scored another goal in the 82nd as well. Junior Katelyn Smith scored the final goal of the match in the 89th to complete the dominant win.
The women’s team attempted an astounding 21 shots, with 14 of those being on the goal. Senior Bradi Ore started the game as goalkeeper and recorded three saves. Junior Angela Banks came in for the final minutes and recorded a save as well.
The ladies are now 7-2 overall and 3-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The boys remain undefeated at 8-0-1 overall and a 2-0-1 record in the GPAC. Both teams will face Midland University at home Sept. 27 in Bulldog Stadium.