Concordia successful in NCAA D2 debut thanks to Naylor goal

September 4, 2015

Zac Naylor SoccerThe Concordia University men’s soccer team took a major step this year by graduating from NAIA to the NCAA D2 level.

Zak Naylor of Anchorage got the new era started the right way.

The senior forward pounced on a loose ball in front of the net in the 57th minute to secure a 3-2 win over Humboldt State in San Francisco, California, in the season opener.

“It’s a pretty unreal feeling to score the game winner in our first official Division II match,” Naylor told me.

“The ball went into the box and got popped back out and bounced up and I side-volleyed it and the goalie got a finger to it but it went into the side netting.”

Naylor, of South High fame, has six goals in 19 career games and 24 for his college career if you add the 18 he scored in two years at Edmonds Community College.

“There’s nothing better for a forward than scoring a goal. It lifts your head up and definitely gives you a sense of meaning,” he said. “I want to get better and better and that’s what I’m doing out here.”

Concordia coach Dan Birkey is expecting a lot out of the Alaskan as the top returning scorer.

“Zak has a nose for the goal and has improved mentally to be more aggressive,” he told the school’s website.