Dordt University is set to host 21st-ranked Northwestern for a GPAC match on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Kickoff at the Defenders Soccer Complex is set for 8:15pm.
Dordt has dropped its last three matches and is 1-5 in the GPAC, 2-9-2 overall; Northwestern is the only unbeaten team left in conference play and is in first place with a 7-0 record, 11-1-1 overall.
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The Red Raiders are unbeaten in their last nine matches and have won seven straight coming into Wednesday night. They sit atop the GPAC standings with a 7-0 record, one match ahead of Briar Cliff with four to play. Northwestern is 11-1-1 overall, losing only to William Penn on Sept.4.
Picked fifth in the GPAC preseason poll, Northwestern returns nine starters and 16 players from a 2020 team that finished fourth in the GPAC with an 8-3 record, 11-6-1 overall. They lost in the GPAC semifinals to Morningside by a 3-2 score.
Veteran coach Dan Swier, who is in 14th season on the Northwestern sideline, is the winningest and longest tenured coach in program history. Swier was a standout player for the Red Raiders from 2002-05.
Northwestern is scoring nearly two goals per match and has had 12 different players find the back of the net this season. Juan Mackrey leads the team with six goals while both Stan van den Beld, this week's GPAC player of the week, and Niklas Fitter, have scored three. James Bolger, a second team all-conference pick in 2020, has two goals and one assist.
Ezekiel Foltz returns as the Red Raiders goalkeeper after earning all-conference honors in 2020. Foltz, a two-time GPAC player of the week in 2021, leads the conference with a .63 goals against average and has eight shutouts.
Since its 3-2 win over Midland on Sept. 25, Dordt has dropped its last three matches to fall into a 10th place tie with Dakota Wesleyan in the current league standings. They are 1-5 in the GPAC, 2-9-2 overall with five matches left to play.
Dordt has scored 17 goals this season, led by the duo of Blake Hansen (7) and Phil Appelt (4). Santiago Carvajal has a team-high three assists.
Goalkeeper Brandon Hansen has made 86 saves and is giving up 2.5 goals per match.
Dordt holds a 26-16 lead in the rivalry against its neighbor to the southeast, dating back to the 1978 season. The teams have played at least once per season since 1995. Dordt is 17-9 in matches played in Sioux Center.
Of late, Northwestern has had the upper hand, winning nine of the last 10. Seven of the last 10 matches have been decided by one goal; Dordt last defeated the Red Raiders in 2014.
#21 Northwestern (7-0, 11-1-1)
Briar Cliff (6-1, 8-5)
Morningside (5-2, 8-4)
Hastings (5-2, 6-3-1)
Concordia (4-3, 6-6-1)
Jamestown (3-3-1, 5-5-2)
Doane (2-3-1, 2-8-1)
Mount Marty (2-4, 4-5-1)
Midland (2-4, 5-7)
Dakota Wesleyan (1-5, 2-11)
Dordt (1-5, 2-9-2)
Presentation (0-6, 1-8)
OCTOBER 13 SCHEDULE
Five games are on the mid-week schedule, including the all-Sioux City match-up between Briar Cliff and Morningside.
#21 Northwestern @ Dordt
Jamestown @ Mount Marty
Hastings @ Doane
Presentation @ Dakota Wesleyan
Briar Cliff @ Morningside