For the second straight season, Concordia will be playing their opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Eau Claire, Wis.

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/05/07)-- Concordia will be playing Carthage (15-4-1) in Eau Claire, Wis on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament it was announced on Monday by the NCAA national office. It marks the second straight year the Cobbers have been sent to Eau Claire to compete in the opening rounds of the national tournament.

The winner of the Concordia/Carthage game will face the winner of the UW-Eau Claire/Wartburg game on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.

Carthage earned one of the 18 at-large bids into the tournament and will be making their first-ever appearance into the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Reds play in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin where they finished second to defending national champion Wheaton (Ill.). Carthage finished conference play with a 5-1-1 record and lost to Wheaton in the finals of the conference tournament.

Concordia is making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after winning it second straight MIAC playoff title. The Cobbers are currently 16-3-1 on the season. The 16 wins is a program record for wins in a single season. CC won its second conference regular season title with a 9-1-1 record.

The two teams met last year in Redlands, Calif. on Sept. 3 with the Cobbers coming out on top by a final score of 1-0 (See Game Summary Here). That was the only other meeting between the two programs.

Last year Concordia lost to UW-Eau Claire 2-0 in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. It was their first appearance in the national tournament in program history.

The Cobbers enter the national playoffs having won 14 of their past 15 games. They won both of their league playoff games by identical 2-0 scores. The team has only allowed two goals in the first half of play during the year and has outscored its opponents 27-2 in the first period of play.

Concordia is led by a senior and two freshmen on offense and a trio of upperclassmen on defense. Senior Rachel Lewis is tied for the team lead in overall points. She has 12 goals and three assists for 27 points. Lewis also has a team-leading six game-winning goals on the year. She is tied in overall points with first-year midfielder Susan Obermiller. Lewis was named the MIAC Player of the Week on Oct. 2. Obermiller, who scored in both the MIAC playoff games, has 11 goals and five assists for 27 points. Fellow freshman Sam Johnson has eight goals and nine assists for 25 points and recorded assists on both of the team's goals in their championship game win over St. Ben's.

The defense is championed by senior outside back Andrea Purcell, junior goalie Britt Reiersgord and junior central defender Chelsee McLaughlan. The three have helped the Cobbers amass 11 shutouts on the season and hold opponents to only 11 total goals in the team's 20 overall games. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Reiersgord has a 0.49 goals against average and led the MIAC in goals against average and was tied for the league lead in shutouts.