SEWARD — Concordia ended the Midland University men’s soccer season in heartbreaking fashion Thursday night in the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Bulldogs prevailed in a penalty shootout 4-3 after playing to a 1-1 draw for 110 minutes. Concordia will now play top-seeded Hastings on Tuesday in the GPAC Tournament semifinals. The loss ends Midland’s season at 10-8-1 overall.
“It is always tough to lose a game in that type of fashion,” Midland coach Raphael Martinez said. “We fought hard to pull even in the second half. I thought we played well, we just didn’t have a lucky outing tonight.”
Concordia broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 24th minute. Carlos Ferrer found the back of the net to put the Bulldogs ahead. It stayed 1-0 into halftime.
In the second half, the Warriors tied it with a goal by Cesar Cuellar in the 55th minute. Neither team would score again for the next 55 minutes – the remaining 35 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
Concordia was successful on its first two kicks of the shootout. Midland only converted one – by James Kilburn.
The Warriors, though, knotted the score when goalie Jack Hughes made a save against the Bulldogs and Cuellar connected for MU. Both sides then connected on their fourth kick with Eli Draves coming through for Midland.
In the final round, Concordia scored to put the pressure on MU. Robert Wiseman put a good foot on it, but Jack Bennett came up with the save.
“Overall, this season had a lot of ups and downs,” Martinez said. “It has 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 luck in the future.”