Concordia head coach Dan Weiler was named the MIAC Coach of the Year for the second time in the past five seasons.
|Weiler Named Coach of the Year|
MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/12/07)-- Concordia head coach Dan Weiler and six Cobber players earned MIAC postseason honors it was announced by the league office.
Weiler was named the MIAC Coach of the Year. Seniors Rachel Lewis (Lakeville, Minn.) and Andrea Purcell (Northfield, Minn.) and freshman Sam Johnson (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) were placed on the MIAC All-Conference Team. Senior midfielder Darcy Swagger (Burnsville, Minn.) and junior goalkeeper Britt Reiersgord (Edina, Minn.) earned All-Conference Honorable Mention honors, while senior goalie Ashley Liegakos (Maple Grove, Minn.) was the squad's honoree on the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
It is the second time in the past five seasons that Weiler has been named the conference Coach of the Year. He also won the award in 2003. Weiler guided the team to their second consecutive MIAC regular season and playoff championship in 2007. He recently completed his sixth season at the helm of the Cobbers and has amassed 72 overall wins duirng that time and 47 wins in conference play. He has a total record of 72-39-7 (.640) and a mark of 47-15-4 (.742) in the MIAC. He is currently the second winningest soccer coach in Concordia history.
The six players helped the Cobbers to a record-breaking season. The team finished with a school-record 16 overall wins. CC went 16-4-1 on the year and made the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. Concordia also put together a school-record 12-game winning streak during the season. The team went 9-1-1 in the MIAC and captured their second straight regular season crown. They also went on to beat Macalester and St. Ben's in the conference tournament to claim their second consecutive playoff title.
It is the second straight year for Lewis to earn a conference postseason award. Last year she was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. Lewis led the team in scoring, goals and game-winning goals in conference play in 2007. She finished the year with 11 goals and two assists for 24 points in the team's 11 league games. She led the MIAC in points, goals and game-winning goals. Of the team's nine conference wins, Lewis scored six game-winners. Overall, she finished the year with 12 goals and three assists for 27 points. She was second on the team in scoring in total games.
Purcell was the team's top defender and a four-year starter. She was the toughest wing defender in the league and Concordia's "shut down" back when it came to marking the opposing team's best forward. She helped the Cobbers finish tied for third in the MIAC in shutouts and fourth in goals against average. The team only conceded nine goals in their 11 conference games, marking the fourth time in the last five seasons Concordia has not allowed 10 or more goals in league play.
Johnson was second on the team in total points in overall games and led the team in assists. She ended the season with nine goals and nine assists for 27 points. In MIAC games, Johnson scored five goals and had six assists for 16 points. She led the league in assists, was third in goals and fourth in overall points.
Swagger was the team's starting center midfielder and also a four-year starter. Although Swagger did not put up eye-catching statistical numbers, she was the foundation for the Cobber offense from her center midfield position. She helped Concordia score 28 goals in the MIAC, the most by any conference team. The CC offense also led the league in total shots and overall points.
Reiersgord started all 11 conference games in goal for the Cobbers. She was third in the league in goals against average (0.67) in MIAC games. In overall games she led the conference in goals against average (0.56) and tied for the lead in shutouts (9). In her three-year career, Reiersgord has set the school record for most wins and most shutouts. She currently has 42 overall wins and 28 shutouts.
Liegakos stood out from the crowd by her perseverance and commitment to the team. She played in four games for the Cobbers in 2007 and earned one win and one shutout. The MIAC All-Sportsmanship Team is an award that is selected by the coaches and teammates and given to individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.