Dordt University makes the short trip to Sioux City, Iowa, for a pivotal weekend match against Morningside. Saturday's contest is set for a 1pm start. Dordt is tied with Hastings in the current GPAC standings with six matches left to play in the regular season. The Mustangs currently sit in fifth place in the league standings.
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Morningside had its four-match, unbeaten streak snapped last time out with its 2-1 setback to Concordia last weekend. The Mustangs fell to 3-2-1 in the GPAC, 6-3-1 overall. They have league wins against Doane, Northwestern and Presentation.
Tom Maxon, the only coach in program history, is in his 22nd season on the Mustangs sideline. He holds a 206-181-25 record and has led Morninside to three NAIA national tournaments since his first year in 2000.
The Mustangs finished the 2020 season with a 9-2-1 record, good for second place in the GPAC, and 12-4-1 overall. They were upset by Midland (1-0) in the GPAC Quarterfinal played last spring. Four starters and 20 players return from the 2020 squad; they were picked fourth in the GPAC preseason poll.
Morningside is scoring 2.4 goals per game, led by Nathalie Larsson with five goals and one assist. Victoria Stausholm has netted four goals while both Jill Hellerforth and Antonia Janssen have scored three.
Defensively, the Mustangs are giving up 1.3 goals per game. Sarah Finn has made 36 saves and has played all but 14 minutes this season in goal.
The Defenders have won two straight to move into a tie for eighth place in the GPAC standings with a 2-3-1 record. Wins over Dakota Wesleyan and Mount Marty have pushed Dordt's record to 7-4-1 overall.
Dordt is scoring 2.4 goals per match, led by freshman Avril Baccam with a GPAC-best 14 this season. Baccam ranks among the NAIA's top five in goals scored and continues to move up in the Dordt record books for goals in a season. Jori Bronner pushed her season total to five with a goal scored last time out against Mount Marty. Ellie Stuart and Katherine Kooiman have both netted three goals this season.
The Defenders are giving up 1.4 goals per game; Jenna Wright, who has a 7-3-1 record in goal, has made 45 saves and has four shutouts.
Saturday's match will be the 29th in the rivalry between Dordt and Morningside, dating back to the initial contest in 2000. The Defenders have a slight edge, 15-13, but are 2-8 in the last 10 matches against the Mustangs.
Dordt is 4-9 all-time in games played on the road against Morningside. Last year, Dordt lost both matches (3-0 and 1-0).
(RV) Briar Cliff (8-0, 10-1)
(RV) Jamestown (6-0, 11-0)
College of Saint Mary (4-2, 6-4-1)
Concordia (3-1-2, 6-3-2)
Morningside (3-2-1, 6-3-1)
Dakota Wesleyan (3-3, 6-5)
Midland (3-3, 6-6)
Dordt (2-3-1, 7-4-1)
Hastings (2-3-1, 6-4-1)
Northwestern (1-5-1, 4-8-1)
Doane (1-4, 3-7)
Presentation (1-5, 2-6-1)
Mount Marty (0-6, 1-9)
OCTOBER 9 SCHEDULE
Dordt @ Morningside
Bellevue @ College of Saint Mary
Dakota Wesleyan @ Doane
Concordia @ (RV) Jamestown
Northwestern @ Midland