Concordia Cavaliers kicking it in NCAA soccer
It’s been another fantastic season for the Concordia women’s soccer team. They are the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (or GNAC) regular season champs with an 11-0 and 1 record.
They will host the GNAC Championships starting this Thursday against Northwest Nazarene at Concordia University at 7 p.m., Western Washington will face Seattle Pacific in the first semi-final on Thursday at 4 p.m., and the winners meet in the final match Saturday at 1 p.m.
The winner of that match gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championships.
The Cavaliers played in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for years, however they transitioned to the NCAA in 2015. They are ranked 17th in the country. Last Saturday, they claimed their first ever GNAC regular season title with a 2-0 win at Western Washington.
“Quite honestly,” says head coach Grant Landy, “this team has really done a good job of building to the next game and preparing for the next game. So, we celebrated on Saturday, but since then we’ve been really preparing for what this week has in store in the GNAC Championships.”
Landy is in his 21st season at Concordia and he has more than 350 wins. This year’s team is amazing, outscoring their opposition 30-2. Jr. Midfielder Gabrielle Ewing was conference player of the year. Sr. Ana Delgadillo is the defensive player of the year. It’s a special unit and Coach Landy and the players are having a blast.
Grant had this to say. “Having had a chance to have some success this year and learn what it’s like to compete day in and day out in this Conference against really good opponents has been fun for our coaches and when obviously, when you see success in the work that these guys put in in the off season to put themselves here. You’re just really happy for the players. “