Men's Soccer Hosts Mount Marty
- Posted Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Dordt University is set to host Mount Marty for a mid-week, conference match on Wednesday, Oct.6. Both teams, along with Dakota Wesleyan, are in a tie for the eighth place and the final spot for the GPAC conference tournament. Game time at the Defender Soccer Complex is set for 8:15pm.
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The Lancers have lost three straight matches, all within GPAC play, to fall into an eighth place tie in the current league standings at 1-3, 3-4-1 overall. They have dropped games to Concordia (2-0), Briar Cliff (3-1) and Northwestern (3-2 OT).
Carlos Saenz is in the midst of his fourth season in charge of the Lancers program. Saenz guided Mount Marty to their first GPAC postseason appearance in 2019. Last year, the Lancers a shortened CoVID season in 11th place at 1-8-2, 2-9-2 overall.
Mount Marty brings back 10 starters and 19 players from last season, including two who earned all-conference honors. They were picked eighth in the GPAC preseason poll.
The Lancers are scoring 1.6 goals per contest and have 58 shots on goal (just over six per match). Savas De Lascio (all-conference in 2020) and David Provencher lead the team with three goals scored. Jose Garcia has five assists to go with one goal.
Goalkeeper Sotirios Gkosdis, a returning starter, is giving up 1.2 goals per match and has 45 saves.
The Defenders have split their last four matches, earning wins over Bethany Lutheran and Midland and losing to Concordia and Dakota Wesleyan. Last time out, they went on the road to Mitchell, S.D. for a 3-0 setback against DWU.
Dordt is scoring 1.5 goals per game, led by Blake Hansen (7) and Phil Appelt (4). C.J. Schulz has scored three while Santiago Carvajal leads the team with three assists.
Brandon Hansen has made 72 saves and is giving up 2.5 goals per game this season.
Dordt holds a 21-3-1 lead in the rivalry that dates back to the 1978 season. The teams played in back-to-back seasons (1978 and 1979) but then the rivalry was put on hold until 2000. Dordt and Mount Marty have played at least once per year since.
Most recently, the Defenders are 8-1-1 against Mount Marty, including a 1-0 win last season.
#23 Northwestern (5-0, 9-1-1)
Briar Cliff (7-1, 9-5)
(RV) Morningside (3-2, 6-4)
Hastings (3-2, 4-3-1)
Concordia (3-2, 5-5-1)
Midland (2-2, 5-5)
Jamestown (2-2-1, 3-4-2)
Dakota Wesleyan (1-3, 2-9)
Dordt (1-3, 2-7-2)
Mount Marty (1-3, 3-4-1)
Doane (1-4-1, 1-9-1)
Presentation (0-5, 1-7)
OCTOBER 6 SCHEDULE
Mount Marty @ Dordt
Jamestown @ Presentation
Dakota Wesleyan @ #23 Northwestern
Midland @ Hastings
(RV) Morningside @ Concordia