Sylvester Ndhlovu jumps in the air to receive a lofted pass against Mayville State (photo courtesy of David Ornberg)

Terrible Trio Topples Cobbers
Courtesy of, Release: October 20

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MOORHEAD, Minn.-- Concordia allowed three goals in a span of 10:51 in the second half and lost 4-2 to Mayville State in the final non-conference game of the season. The trio of goals allowed the Comets to seize control of a game that had gone back and forth for the first 65 minutes of play.

The loss is the 12th straight for the Cobbers and drops their overall record to 1-13-0. With the win, Mayville State reaches .500. The Comets have now won two straight and are 7-7-1 overall.

The 10-minute stretch of back-to-back goals is a recurring theme for the Cobbers in 2005. In fact, a case can be made that if you take one 10-minute period out of many of the Concordia games, the Cobbers would have a winning record and be in the hunt for an MIAC playoff spot. Unfortunately in soccer, you have to count all 90 minutes, so the Cobbers continue to struggle to come up with their second win of the year despite playing quality soccer for majority of every game.

Concordia started the game with the better of the offensive play as they were able to maintain possession and attack the Mayville net. In the first half, the Cobbers outshot the Comets 11-5 and held a 9-1 edge in corner kicks. Unfortunately for Damian Koshnick's crew, the only tangible outcome they had for their solid attacking play was a goal scored off of a converted penalty kick.

Mayville State scored the opening goal of the game on their only shot on goal in the first 45 minutes when Marko Valent sent a shot from the top of the box low into the corner of the net. His goal at 22:25 injected life into the Comet.

Neither team was able to score until the final minute of the first half when a Concordia attacker was brought down in the Mayville penalty area. Caleb Husmann calmly stepped up and slotted his second goal of the year  to tie the game at 1-1.

Frustrated by the penalty call, Mayville head coach Peter Rivard, was issued a yellow card for dissent and then sent off for continuing to argue the call.

The game was decided in a stretch from 65:14 to 76:05. The Comets were able to break down the Cobber defense on three occasions and their sniper-like goal scoring skills put the Comets up 4-1 with less than 14 minutes to play.

Stuart Illing started the scoring barrage when he netted the second goal off of a rebound. Miroslav Jovanovic then took control of the game as he continually ran at the back of the Cobber defense and was able to get free twice in the following 10 minutes.

Concordia pulled to within two goals at 4-2 late in the game when they were awarded a second penalty kick. Husmann once again buried his shot from the spot and gave the Cobbers a ray of hope with just over five minutes to play.

Mayville State was able to run off the final 5:40 without allowing any more quality chances and came away with the two-goal win.

Concordia held an 18-17 edge in shots for the entire game, and came away with an 11-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Concordia used two goalies in the game. Dustin Pattengale played the first half and did not nake a save. Brett Oestreich came on in relief and made four saves i the final 45 minutes and was saddled with the loss. Mayville goalie Brady Horvath turned aside five shots to pick up the victory.

The Cobbers will host Carleton on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1:00pm in their final home game of the 2005 season.