by Jacy Johnston
Concordia women’s soccer team earned the title of GPAC Champions after a 3-1 win over Morningside College on Thursday, Nov. 10.
Last year the two teams met in the GPAC Championship in Sioux City, Iowa, and the Mustangs ended up victorious. This year, playing in Bulldog Stadium helped shift the momentum to the Bulldogs who played in front of a large home crowd.
“Everything we’ve been working so hard for since August paid off last night,” senior Jordan McCoy said in an email interview. “It’s an awesome feeling being able to celebrate this victory with all of my closest friends, and the best part is we still have more soccer to play.”
After an early shot on goal attempt by Concordia, Morningside netted the first goal of the contest in the 26th minute of the game. Concordia tied the game 10 minutes later as freshman Sami Birmingham scored off of an assist from freshman teammate Rachael Bolin. The score stayed 1-1 going into the halftime break. The Mustangs outshot the Bulldogs 8-3 in the first half.
To begin the second half, freshman Rachael Bolin scored less than two minutes into play. Concordia continued to push the tempo of the game until the 82nd minute when Birmingham and Bolin repeated the first goal of the game, with Bolin assisting Birmingham. After the creation of this cushion, the Bulldogs finished out the game with a 3-1 victory followed by an on-field celebration.
Morningside outshot the Bulldogs 15-12, however senior goalie Chrissy Lind showed her talent with 12 saves on the games. Concordia had four corner kicks compared to two by Morningside.
“It felt like a story book ending to (my) career in the GPAC,” senior goalkeeper Chrissy Lind said. “I’m so proud to be a part of this program and honored to be on the field while we made a little bit more of Concordia women’s soccer history…I think God definitely had a hand in the timing of it all.”
The Bulldogs now post a 15-5-1 record on the season heading into their National Tournament berth on Nov. 19.