SEWARD, Neb. – No. 22 Midland University earned their fourth-straight win on the road against Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Concordia University on Wednesday night. The Warriors defeated the Bulldogs 2-0 as goalkeeper Rachel Thigpen earned her fourth shutout of the year.
The Warriors improve to 7-2-1 overall and 4-1 in the GPAC while the Bulldogs fall to 3-7-1 on the year and 3-1-1 in conference play.
Midland came out firing in the first half as an early shot in the fifth minute by Hannah Stewart would miss wide. The Bulldogs answered right back just seconds later as Thigpen would notch her first save of the game. Neither team could garner momentum as early fouls on both sides slowed the offense. The score would remain knotted at 0-0 late in the half before Nayeli Rodriguez snuck one past the Concordia keeper in the 38th minute. The goal would come as Rodriguez’s ninth of the season to give her a team-best 21 points. The lead would stand as time expired in the half.
The Warriors began the offensive charge in the second half with a shot from Elena ‘PT’ Perez that clipped the post in the 48th minute. Rodriguez would send one just wide, and Perez would continue to make her presence known as the Concordia goalie would make a save in the 51st minute to halt the threat. Perez would not be denied again as the found the back of the net in the 58th minute to put the Warriors up 2-0. The goal would be Perez’s eighth of the year, and credited with the assist was Brittany Llanes—her second of the year. The Midland defense would not allow Concordia a shot on goal in the half as the Warriors would earn the 2-0 win on the road.
The Warriors are back home on Saturday, October 12 as the team will face Doane University with first kick set for 1:00 p.m. Midland boasts a 11-11-1 all-time record against Doane, and the Tigers are currently 4-5 on the year with an 0-4 GPAC record.