Dordt University is set to host Northwestern for a mid-week, GPAC match under the lights at the Defender Soccer Complex. Game time on Wednesday night is set for 6pm.
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The Red Raiders have dropped three straight and have one victory in their last seven matches, a 5-0 win against Mount Marty on Sept. 29. They also played Concordia to a 2-2 (2OT) draw during that time but have been shutout in each of their last three matches against Jamestown, Dakota Wesleyan and Midland. Northwestern currently sits in 11th place in the GPAC with a 1-6-1 record, 4-9-1 overall.
Shannon Andringa is in her first full season as the Raiders head coach, taking over the program last spring. Andringa, a Spring Arbor University (Mich.) graduate, was part of a Cougars team that won the NAIA National Championship and comes to NW after coaching high school soccer in Michigan.
Picked ninth in the GPAC preseason coaches' poll, Northwestern finished the 2020 season just out of the postseason, in eighth place with a 5-7 league record, 5-8-2 overall. Northwestern returns all 11 starters from last year.
Northwestern is scoring 1.1 goals per match and is led by Julie Dunlap, a two-time all-conference midfielder, with five goals scored and one assist. Katie Jacob (3) and Abby Noonan (2) are the other Raiders who have scored more than one goal.
The Red Raiders are giving up 2.2 goals per contest and have two shutouts to their credit. Kaelin Alons has played the most minutes in goal for Coach Andringa's squad and leads the GPAC with 86 saves.
The Defenders had their modest two-match win streak snapped last time out, falling to Morningside 1-0 last weekend in Sioux City. Dordt was limited to seven shots in the loss, its second lowest output of the season.
Dordt currently sits in ninth place in the GPAC standings at 2-4-1, 7-5-1 overall, with five matches left to play in the regular season. The top eight teams make the conference tournament which gets underway in early November.
The Defenders have scored 30 goals this season, averaging 2.3 per match, led by Avril Baccam who leads the GPAC with 14 goals this season. The freshman ranks tied for ninth in the NAIA in goals and has five multiple-goal matches this season. Jori Bronner has put in five goals to go with two assists and both Ellie Stuart and Katherine Kooiman have netted three each.
Defensively, Dordt is giving up 1.4 goals per match and has four shutouts this season. Jenna Wright has made 52 saves, third best in the GPAC, and is 7-4-1 in goal for the Defenders.
Wednesday night's match will be the 32nd in the rivalry between Dordt and Northwestern dating back to the initial contest played during the 1996 season. Dordt holds a 22-9 advantage in the series, including a 12-3 home record.
Dordt is 3-2 in the last five matches played against the Red Raiders with four of the five contests decided by one goal.
(RV) Briar Cliff (8-0, 10-1)
(RV) Jamestown (7-0, 12-0)
College of Saint Mary (4-2, 6-5-1)
Morningside (4-2-1, 7-3-1)
Midland (4-3, 7-6)
Concordia (3-2-2, 6-4-2)
Hastings (3-3-1, 7-4-1)
Dakota Wesleyan (3-3-1, 6-5-1)
Dordt (2-4-1, 7-5-1)
Doane (1-4-1, 3-7-1)
Northwestern (1-6-1, 4-9-1)
Presentation (1-5, 2-6-1)
Mount Marty (0-7, 1-10)
OCTOBER 13 SCHEDULE
- a full slate of matches take place Wednesday night with Midland being the only GPAC team on a bye.
Northwestern @ Dordt
(RV) University of Jamestown @ Mount Marty
Presentation @ Dakota Wesleyan
Hastings @ Doane
(RV) Briar Cliff @ Morningside
College of Saint Mary @ Concordia