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Courtesy: Concordia Media Relations

SEWARD, Neb. – The crowd of players that gathered Monday in the Walz conference room on the Concordia University campus burst into cheers of approval upon learning that their journey will take them to West Palm Beach, Fla., for the opening round of the 2016 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championships. The Bulldog women’s soccer team is set to take on Keiser University at 12 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. ET in The Sunshine State on Saturday.

The contest will be staged at the home of the Seahawks, Arrigo Vecellio Soccer Field, which features a grass playing surface. Keiser will have a live webcast HERE.

“The goal for our program year-in and year-out is to compete for conference championships and earn a bid to the national tournament,” said fourth-year Concordia head coach Greg Henson. “This is something we really strive for and look forward to. Once we achieve that, it’s onto the next goal which is to get to the final site of the national tournament. We know have a tough matchup in front of us.”

The high of winning the 2016 GPAC tournament championship will carry the Bulldogs into their second national tournament appearance in program history. The 2014 squad, also a GPAC tournament titlist, fell, 4-0, at No. 9 Benedictine College (Kan.) in the opening round of the national championships in what was the first-ever trip to nationals for the Bulldogs.

This time around, Concordia has a much longer trek to meet up with its national tournament opponent. Concordia and Keiser are separated by 1,652 miles. It’s a journey that would take roughly an entire 24-hour day to make by automobile. However, the team is making preparations to fly out of Nebraska on Thursday. As custom, a ceremonial banquet will be hosted by

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