Women's Soccer Opens Conference Play At Briar Cliff

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Women's Soccer Opens Conference Play At Briar Cliff

Game Time...Dordt University and Briar Cliff meet up for an early season GPAC showdown on Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Sioux City, Iowa. The mid-week match is set to begin at 1pm. 

Dordt has won four consecutive matches and is off to its best start, owning a 5-1 record, since the 2014 season. Briar Cliff, the defending GPAC regular season champions and national qualifier in 2020, is 1-0 in the conference, 3-1 overall. 

Follow the match at the following link: Watch | Live Stats

The Rivalry... Dordt leads the all-time rivalry 21-8-3 since the initial match played during the 1996 season. The Defenders have lost five straight in the rivalry, however, including a pair of matches last year. Dordt last defeated BCU in 2017.

Scouting Report...

  • Briar Cliff Chargers: 
    • 2021 Record - 1-0 (GPAC), 3-1 overall
      • most recently..
        • def. Presentation (6-2)
        • def. MidAmerica Nazarene (2-1)
    • Head Coach: Clark Charlestin (1st season)
      • took over last spring
      • former ass't w/ BCU men's program
    • 2020 record: 10-1-1 (1st), 12-3-2
      • GPAC Regular Season Champ
      • lost to Lindsey Wilson in 1st rd of NAIA
    • Preseason Poll: picked 1st
    • Returners: 16; Starters return: 8
    • 2021 stats:
      • 3 goals / game
      • 8.5 shots on goal / game
      • 2.3 goals against / game
      • 6.5 shots on goal vs / game
      • Leaders:
        • Taylor Alkire - 7 goals (T9th in NAIA)
        • Tia Lisy - 1 goal, 3 assists
        • Ariana Rodriguez - 2 goals (all-conference)
        • Flor Suarez - 1 goal, 2 assists (GPAC Player of the Year)

Defender Notes...

  • 2021 Record : 5-1, won four straight
    • best start since 2014
    • most recent:
    • def. Neb.Wesleyan (4-0)
    • def. Bellevue (3-0)
  • Head Coach: Alex Durbin (2nd year)
  • 2021 stats:
    • 3 goals / game
    • 9 shots on-goal / game
    • 1 goals against / game
    • 5 shots on-goal / game
  • Leaders:
    • Avril Baccam - 8 goals, 1 assist (T2nd in NAIA)
    • Jori Bronner - 4 goals, 2 assists
    • Katherine Kooiman - 3 goals, 1 assist
    • Claire Jansen - 4 assists
    • Jenna Wright - 5-0 record, 17 saves, .6 goals against / average
  • Baccam was named the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 14)