2007 Cobber Women's Soccer - Game Recaps
Concordia goalie Britt Reiersgord makes one of her eight saves in the Cobbers' 2-0 win at Carleton. Reiersgord made several outstanding saves to post her second shutout of the season. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Stremmel).


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Gameday Game Recap:

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (9/23/07)-- In soccer, as in life, it's not about the quantity - it's about the quality. Concordia used that principle to make the most of their scoring chances and shutout conference rival Carleton 2-0 in Northfield on Sunday. The win keeps the Cobbers unbeaten in conference play as they move to 2-0-1 in the MIAC. They are now 4-2-1 overall. The loss drops the Knights, who finished in second place in 2006, to 0-3-0 in the league in 2007. All three of Carleton's conference losses have been by identical 2-0 scores.

Concordia posted only six shots total, and just two on net, against Carleton in a rematch of last year's MIAC playoff title game. The Cobbers made the most of both those on-target shots - slipping them both past Carleton goalie Yusi He. Both goals also came in the second half of play after the two teams battled to a scoreless first half.

Carleton dominated the play in the middle of the field and got several quality chances in the first 45 minutes of play. But each time a Knights player found themselves behind the Cobber defense all alone in front of goal, CC keeper Britt Reiersgord came to the rescue by making big stop after big stop. Carleton outshot Concordia 8-2 in the first half and had five shots on goal that were all rebuked by Reiersgord.

The scoreless first half continued the team's, and Reiersgord's, unbelievable streak of not conceding a goal in the first half of play. The Cobbers have not allowed a first-half goal in 2007 and have a streak of 377:29 minutes giving up a goal in the first half of play - a streak that dates all the way back to the MIAC playoff title game last season.

The trend continued in the second half, with Carleton pushing the attack towards the CC goal looking for the opening goal of the game. The Knights had three corner kicks in the first 17 minutes of the second period but were never able to get the ball the wall of Reiersgord.

The game took a complete 180-degree turn in the 66th minute of play when reserve forward Megan Rice took a pass on the left side of the Carleton defense and cut the ball towards the middle of the field about 25 yards away from goal. Rice then curled a perfect shot over He and into the right side of the net.

Allowing their first shot on net in the game and having it go in, Carleton was stunned and tried to return to their attacking ways. They managed to fire four more shots at the CC net before senior Rachel Lewis put the game away with another counterattack goal at the 76:56 mark. For Lewis it was her third goal of the season and second in as many games.

The goal all but sealed the game for Concordia as they tightened down the defense and only allowed the Knights three more shots in the final 13 minutes of play.

In the end, Carleton outshot Concordia 16-6 in total attempts and 8-2 in shots on goal. The Knights also had seven corner kicks and did not allow the Cobbers a single corner in the game.

Reiersgord made the eights saves in the game to post her second shutout of the season and the 21st of her career. He did not make a save in goal for Carleton.

Concordia will play a midweek road game at St. Kate's on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. They will then return home to host St. Mary's on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. The game against the Cardinals will feature live statistics whic can be accessed through the Cobber athletics website.