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Men's Soccer At Morningside This Weekend

Posted: October 8th, 2021
Tags: Athletics, Varsity Athletics, Men's Athletics, Soccer

THE GAME

The Dordt University men's soccer team makes the short trip south to Sioux City, Iowa, for a conference match against Morningside. Game time for Saturday, Oct.9 at Olsen Stadium is set for 3:30pm.

COVERAGE

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MORNINGSIDE

The Mustangs have outscored their last two opponents, Doane (6-0) and Concordia (3-2), by a 9-2 margin in improving to 4-2 in the GPAC. They are tied with Hastings for third in the league standings and have a 7-4 overall record.

Tom Maxon, who also serves as the women's coach, has a 194-184-18 overall record in his 20 seasons as the head of the men's program. Maxon is a three-time GPAC Coach of the Year and has led Morningside to three NAIA tournaments.

The Mustangs' 2020 season ended with a 2-2 tie (lost in PK's) to MidAmerica Christian in the first round of the national tournament. They finished with a 15-4-2 record, ranked 23rd in the poll and won the GPAC regular season title with a 9-1-1 mark. Maxon returns seven starters, including five all-conference players, from the 2020 squad.

Morningside is scoring 3.4 goals per game, led by Moritz Lusch with 22 points (8 goals, 6 assists). Lusch, along with Victor Beker (3 goals, 7 assists), both earned all-conference honors last year. 

Bjarne Huth anchors a defense that gives up 1.7 goals per game. Huth, a first team all-GPAC goalie in 2020, has 47 saves and two shutouts.

DORDT

The Defenders are on a two-match skid heading into Saturday's contest against Morningside. Losses to Dakota Wesleyan and Mount Marty have put Dordt into a tie for 10th place in the GPAC with a 1-4 record, 2-8-2 overall.

Blake Hansen leads the Defenders both in scoring (7 goals) and points (15). Phil Appelt has scored four goals, C.J. Schulz has put in three and Santiago Carvajal leads the team with three assists. Overall, Dordt is scoring 1.4 goals per game.

Dordt is giving up 2.5 goals per game behind the play of goalkeeper Brandon Hansen with 79 saves.

THE SERIES

Dordt and Morningside have played 25 times heading into this weekend's match, dating back to the initial contest in 1978. Dordt trails the all-time series 8-17 and has lost four straight in the rivalry. 

Last year's match resulted in a 4-0 Morningside victory.

GPAC STANDINGS

#21 Northwestern  (6-0, 10-1-1)

Briar Cliff  (6-1, 8-5)

Morningside (4-2, 7-4)

Hastings (4-2, 5-3-1)

Jamestown (3-2-1, 5-4-2)

Concordia (3-3, 5-6-1)

Mount Marty  (2-3, 4-4-1)

Midland  (2-3, 5-6)

Doane  (1-3-1, 1-8-1)

Dakota Wesleyan (1-4, 2-10)

Dordt (1-4, 2-8-2)

Presentation  (0-6, 1-8)

OCTOBER 9 SCHEDULE

Dordt @ Morningside

Presentation @ Briar Cliff

Dakota Wesleyan @ Doane

Concordia @ Jamestown

#21 Northwestern @ Midland