|Concordia earned it's first win of the year with a 3-0 shutout against St. Scholastica.|
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|Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: September 10|
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The shutout victory is the first Concordia shutout victory since the first game of last season when the Cobbers beat Northland 2-0. The three-goal margin of victory is the biggest win since the opening weekend of 2003.
In a game that had the feel of a season-opener, Concordia scored twice in the first and then once more in the final period to beat the Saints for the seventh consecutive time.
Concordia was coming off an unusual eight-day rest period from their first game of the season due to the cancellation of the team's game against Simpson last Saturday. The Cobbers looked energized, healthy and hungry in the opening 15 minutes as they had a pair of chances just miss the goal.
The first goal of the game came at the 33:15 mark when Sylvester Ndhlovu sprinted on to a through ball from Shane Evenstad and slotted the ball past St. Scholastica goalie Adam Whitehead. The Saints defense had pulled up on the play in an attempt to draw Ndhlovu offside, but Evenstad’s well-timed pass was able to free Ndhlovu for the goal.
Ndhlovu collected his second goal of the half when he beat Whitehead to the near post after stealing the ball deep in the Saints defensive third of the field.
The teams traded scoring chances to start the second half as St. Scholastica tried to notch a goal to bring them within one. The back-breaking goal came at 69:36 when Ryan Elling sent a ball across the goalmouth and Kwaku Opoku was able to collect the ball and fire a low shot into the far side of the goal. For Opoku it was his first collegiate goal of his career.
The Cobbers outshot the Saints 17-9 in the game and held a 7-6 edge in corner kicks. Whitehead finished with two saves for St. Scholastica, while the Cobbers' two-goalie tandem of Brett Oestreich and Dustin Pattengale turned aside five shots to pick up the victory.