Morningside upset 23rd-ranked Concordia to climb to 8-3-1 on the season. Photo / Gene Knudsen
Morningside’s women’s soccer team scored perhaps its biggest victory so far this season with a 1-0 upset triumph against nationally ranked Concordia Saturday night at Elwood Olsen Stadium.
The Mustangs, who raised their record to 8-3-1 overall and 4-1 in the GPAC, defeated a Concordia team that is ranked 23rd in the latest NAIA national poll. The Bulldogs, also 8-3-1 overall to go along with a 2-2-1 mark in the GPAC, had allowed only one goal in their previous five games heading into the contest.
Morningside senior Amy Samuelson scored the game’s only goal, her team-high 11th of the season and her fourth game winner, when she beat Bulldog goal keeper Chrissy Lind with 19:30 left in the game. Samuelson’s goal was set up by an assist from Merle Bublitz, her seventh of the year to tie Samuelson for team honors.
Neither team scored in the first half when the Mustangs outshot the Bulldogs by a 6-2 margin. Lind had three saves in the opening 45 minutes, while the Mustangs’ Niccole McGuire stopped both of the Bulldogs’ shots, which were both on goal.
Morningside was able to get off only two shots in the second half, while McGuire came up with five saves in a second half where Concordia reversed the 6-2 shot differential from the first half.
McGuire finished with seven saves while posting her fourth shutout in the last six games.
Morningside will host Dordt in a 5:30 p.m. GPAC contest on Tuesday, Oct. 13.