Concordia leading scorer Sylvester Ndhlovu tries to get free in Concordia's 1-0 loss to Bethel.  
Own Goal Gloom
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MOORHEAD, Minn.-- In soccer, when luck is out, it has a tendency to stay out. That was the case for the Cobber men's soccer team when they hosted Bethel on Saturday.

After playing one of their most complete halves in the first period, Concordia conceded an own goal at 58:53 and lost to the Royals 1-0.

The loss is the eighth straight for the Cobbers and drops Concordia's record to 1-9-0 overall. They remain winless on the year in conference play, falling to 0-7-0 on the year. Bethel picks up their first win in conference play and fifth overall. The Royals improve to 5-5-0 overall and 1-4-0 in league play.

Electing to go with the wind in the first half, Concordia came out and played an aggressive attacking style of play. They had several chances in the Bethel penalty box but were unable to come up with anything to show for their efforts.

Concordia took six shots in the half and had two quality chances stopped by Royal goalie Dana Hanson. On the other side, Bethel managed only four shots total and none on net in the first 45 minutes of the game.

In the second half, the teams played back-and-forth before the game-deciding play happened 13:53 into the period. The goal sequence started when Bethel was awarded a corner kick. The ball was driven across the face of the Cobber goal and struck a Concordia defender in the shin and ricocheted into the Cobber goal past stunned goalie Dustin Pattengale.

Struck down by another piece of bad luck, Concordia struggled to get back into their offensive style of play in the next 15 minutes. After surviving the next seven minutes which has spelled doom to Concordia in recent games, the Cobbers were able to slowly get their offensive legs back.

The Cobbers best attacking sequence in the second half came in the final minutes of the game. Unfortunately, they were not able to get a lucky bounce or get a solid strike on net.

For the game, Bethel outshot the Cobbers 11-8 and held a 9-4 edge in corner kicks.

Pattengale made a single save in the game for the Cobbers and Bethel goalie Dana Hanson made three in the winning effort.

Concordia will play at Augsburg on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 5:00pm.