Marco Riboli dribbles out of pressure during the Cobbers' 4-0 season final win over St. John's. Riboli had one of the CC goals.
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FARGO, N.D. (10/31/09)-- To even further prove the adage "sometimes life isn't fair," we give you the 2009 Concordia men's soccer team. The Cobbers beat St. John's 4-0 on Saturday to finish the season unbeaten in their last 10 games and did not concede a goal in their final eight games. The Cobbers' final overall record stands at 11-6-1 and in MIAC play they finish 6-3-1. They end the year in a three-way tie for fourth place but to the league tie-breaker procedure, CC will not be going to the postseason.
Concordia will have to take solace in the fact that their 10-game unbeaten streak is a program record and their shutout streak of eight consecutive games is also a school record and the third longest in MIAC history. The Cobbers finished the season by not allowing a goal in the final 758:39.
The game by itself was also a history-making affair. The contest, played at Fargo Shanley HS in Fargo, N.D. was the first MIAC regular season game ever played outside the state of Minnesota.
The Cobbers made sure they were going to finish the season in style as they scored more than one goal in the game for the seventh time during their 10-game unbeaten streak. After St. John's started the game on the offensive charge, Concordia withstood the initial push and got on the board in the 17th minute when central defender Felix Okoth rose above the St. John's defense and headed home a corner kick centering pass from Kyle Quimby. For Okoth it was his first goal of the season. His subsequent traditional backflip celebration kick-started the Cobber offense and set CC up to take control of the game.
Concordia added their second goal just over 12 minutes later when junior Marco Riboli bent in a free kick from 20 yards out. His second goal of the year came at 28:57.
The score would stay at 2-0 until the second half when the Cobbers would strike for two more goals. The first came in the 56th minute when Alex Dahl ripped home a shot from the left side of the penalty area. His laser into the far side of the net at 55:15 put the game out of reach. Philip Bruckbauer capped the scoring with a goal at 69:54. Bruckbauer, who transferred to Concordia from St. John's, headed home his fourth goal of the year off of a cross from Dahl.
Concordia finished the game with a 13-12 edge in total shots and a 8-5 margin in shots on goal.
Cobber senior goalie Mads Schmidt fittingly ended his career with a record-breaking shutout. Schmidt earned his ninth shutout of the season to break the school record for shutouts in a single season. The previous record of eight was held by Chad Anderson in 1996. Schmidt stopped five shots to finish off his Cobber career.