Dearborn praised for poise and precision in victorious CU debut

September 6, 2019
Kyle Dearborn soccer

Kyle Dearborn

For the second time in five years, the Concordia University men’s soccer team won its season opener after an Alaskan scored the winning goal.

In 2015 it was Anchorage’s Zak Naylor.

Last night it was Kyle Dearborn of Wasilla.

Dearborn, of Colony High fame, scored his first college goal on his first shot to power Concordia to a 1-0 win over Adams State in NCAA D2 action in Portland, Oregon.

The freshman forward converted at the goal mouth a crossing pass from Nicholas Denley in the 18th minute.

“I saw Denley going to the left, so I made my run to the near post,” Dearborn said. “He played me the ball and I took a turn. I was not expecting that much time, so I just put it in the back of the net.”

Dearborn was captain of the Colony team that won the Alaska state championship last spring.

He scored in his final high school game and he scored in his first college game.

Concordia coach Dan Birkley, who also coached Naylor, likes what he sees in his new Alaskan.

“Kyle has it in him, and this will boost his confidence,” he said.