Concordia University wins season opener with solid performance from HK footballersAugust 27, 2015
Toby Down (No.13) begins his sophomore year at Concordia University, Nebraska (CUNE) with a 4-0 victory against Bethel College. Another Hong Kong player Aries Fung (No.3), a freshman at CUNE , also features in this game. Both Toby and Aries are starters in this match and Toby scored the second goal for CUNE in the first half. We are grateful to see Aries featuring in the Starting XI on his debut match, while Toby scores in the first match of the season.
Below is a recap of the match,
SEWARD, Neb – The Concordia men’s soccer team shut out Bethel College 4-0 Wednesday night. Sophomore Micah Lehenbauer led the team in shots with eight, five on goal and one making it in the net. A total of 12 members of the squad took at least one shot in the contest.
The first goal of the contest came from Julian Amaya from 15 yards out 3:04 into the match. Toby Down scored the second goal with the help of Amaya from 10 yards out with 17:27 gone on the clock. The last goal of the first stanza came from Marcelino Varona 36:04 into the half. The final goal was scored just barely into the second half. Lehenbauer found the back of the net 18 seconds into the final half of the competition from 14 yards out.
Goalkeeper Mark Horsburg played all 90 minutes and recorded four saves, one coming from a Bethel penalty kick. Jesus Alba filled the net for the Threshers. Alba marked eight saves for Bethel. The Bulldogs outshot the Threshers 30-6. Shots on goal were also in the Bulldogs favor, 12-4.
Head coach Jason Weides said, “Overall it was a good first test for us and we saw a lot of good things to be honest. I think there were some guys who stepped forward and had really good performances. It’s good to see us get a shutout. Mark Horsburg had a great save on a PK to help keep that shutout. I’m really proud of the team’s defensive effort and really proud that we came out and got a few goals in this first game.”
The Bulldogs move to 1-0 on the season while the Threshers of Bethel fall to 0-1. The Concordia men’s soccer team is back in action Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8:00 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium as the host Benedictine College.