Northwestern and Dordt will play today in a match between the two teams tied for fourth in the GPAC standings. The top four teams host opening round matches in the GPAC tournament. Northwestern has won three of their last four matches but are coming off of a 2-0 loss to Concordia on Saturday while Dordt has won six of their last seven matches. The winner could move into second place while the loser could fall into a tie for seventh place in the standings.
Dordt has out-scored their opponents 33-22 this season and have a 172-153 shot advantage in 2014. They have put 94 shots on goal and have allowed 77 shots on goal. Derick Sackey has a team best eight goals and 19 points while Brady Van Holland is second with six goals and 14.points. VJ Hachaba has scored five goals. Cody Van Holland leads the team with five assists, Sackey has three assists and is second on the team.
Jon Brinkerhoff has made 12 starts and has made 44 saves while allowing 20 goals. He has made one shut-out this season. Joey Rasnic has made two starts and has allowed two goals and made ten saves.
NWC has scored 42 goals this season and has allowed 23 goals. They have out-shot their opponents 256-156 and have out-shot opponents 133-70 in shots on goal. Ryan Johnson leads the GPAC with 11 goals and is tied for second in the league with 22 points. Koray Karakas has made six goals and has four assists, for 16 points. Kade Heikens (3 goals, six assists) and Gabriel Goncalves (five goals, two assists) are tied for third with 12 points this season. Landon Sibole has scored three times and has three assists while Tukker Bogaard has scored twice and has four assists.
Aaron Bosch has started all 15 matches and has allowed 23 goals while making 47 saves. Bosch and the Raider defense have collected five shut-outs this season.
Northwestern hosts Hastings on Homecoming Saturday this weekend in a 6:15pm match at the NWC Soccer Complex.