Ouch

No other way to sum up last weekend. 

Ouch.

More than ouch.

Saturday started with the Defender football team taking on Briar Cliff, a measuring stick game if you will.  Briar Cliff is in its eighth season of varsity action.  The game was a 0-0 tie at the end of the first half with a long field goal by the Defenders falling short.  Briar Cliff got a field goal in the third–capitalizing on a Dordt turnover and then ground out a drive to make it 10-0.  A broken play over the top gave the Chargers another score for a 17-0 lead.  Dordt did answer with a two yard touchdown flip from Justin Knot to Josh Van Kempen.  The Defenders had another pass fall incomplete in the end zone near the end of regulation which would have given Dordt a chance at an onside kick, but, that wasn’t to be.  Defense played their hearts out with Todd Green leading the way.  Green was everywhere on Saturday afternoon.  I can’t imagine any one else in the league had a better day on Saturday.  Out of the frying pan and into the fire for the next two weeks….at Morningside on Saturday and home with Northwestern on October 16.

Volleyball  let one slip away at Hastings.  Won set one and were up in set two 23-20.  A service error and a passing error later the Defenders were clinging to a 23-22 lead that they eventually lost 27-25.  Won set three to seemingly restore order but Hastings roared to a 25-13 win in set four.  Set five is always a 50-50 deal and this time it didn’t fall Dordt’s way.  Sets up huge matches this week at Briar Cliff and then back at home, finally, to face Nebraska Wesleyan and Morningside on Friday and Saturday.

Soccer lost a pair to Midland in Fremont.  The women’s game was a 2-1 decision with Dordt going it shorthanded with Rindy De Nooy going down with an injury early in the game.  She missed today’s win over Sioux Falls as well.  Her status at this point?  Day to day.  Third starter to go down with an injury this season–the other two being finished for the year in Amanda den Dulk and Lexi Elgersma. Win over Sioux Falls today gets the Defenders back to walking with a spring in their step. 

Men need a win in a bad way….things have gotten tough with a 3-1 loss to Midland and a 4-0 loss to Sioux Falls.  Men were down 1-0 at halftime and held Sioux Falls off for about five minutes in the second half  before they took control.  On the road to Concordia this Saturday for both teams. 

Women’s golf concluded fall portion of their first season.  Justean De Groot shot a 96 in round two of the GPAC Qualifier #2.

Men’s golf goes to GPAC qualifier #2 on Thursday with the lineup they anticipated having at the start of the year before Jordan Janz was injured.

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