SEWARD, Neb. – Midland University men’s soccer concluded its 2018 season on Thursday night falling to Concordia University in a penalty shootout 4-3 after playing to a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes. The Bulldogs will now face top-seeded Hastings on Tuesday, November 6 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Semifinals. With the loss, the Warriors finish the year with a record of 10-8-1 overall.
During regulation, Concordia got the scoring started in the first half when Carlos Ferrer found the back of the net in the 24th minute to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. Midland wouldn’t score the equalizer until the second half when defender Cesar Cuellar scored his third goal in the last two matches in the 55th minute. Neither team would score over the final 55 minutes as the game went through regulation and then two 10 minutes overtime periods.
In the shootout the Bulldogs would shoot first in the five rounds of penalty kicks. Concordia struck first, connecting on their first attempt which was matched by James Kilburn of Midland. In the second round the Warriors would miss on their second, a ball that sailed high off of the foot of Daniel McBriarty, after the Bulldogs converted on their attempt, making the score 2-1 after two kicks each.
On Concordia’s third kick, goalie Jack Hughes came up with a great save and then Cuellar buried his shot to bring the Warriors back level at, 2-2 after three shots each by each team. Both sides would connect on their fourth kick, Eli Draves scoring for the Warriors, making the score 3-3.
In the final round the Bulldogs made their final kick, leaving Midland in a must make situation. Robert Wiseman stepped up to the spot and put a good foot on it but the Bulldogs goalie came away with a huge save to seal the victory for the home team.
“It’s always tough to lose a game in that fashion. We fought hard to pull even in the second half. I thought we played well, just didn’t have a lucky outing tonight. Overall this season had a lot of ups and downs,” stated head coach Raphael Martinez. “It’s been a good learning experience for everyone involved. We want to thank the seniors for their commitment to the program the past few years and wish them the best of luck in their futures.”